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The Dead (silver gloss, Westminster blue)

The Dead (silver gloss, Westminster blue)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Foil Block, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 15
H 72cm x W 51cm

Critical Review

Produced by Hirst in 2009, the print is one of thirty-one prints that compose The Dead series. As the title of the series suggests, death is a central theme in the series. Each print shows the same skull, with variety coming from the unique combination of colours Hirst uses in each print. The skull, a memento mori which reminds the viewer of the inevitability of death, is a symbol that has become universally recognised as representing death.

Death is often the subject of Hirst’s artworks. Hirst is famous for his works that use dead insects or dead animals preserved in formaldehyde. When discussing why death plays such a central role in his artworks, Hirst explains: “you can frighten people with death or an idea of their own mortality, or it can actually give them vigour.”

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