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The Dead (turquoise, cool gold)

The Dead (turquoise, cool gold)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

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

Critical Review

The print, made in 2009, is part of the artist’s The Dead series, which is composed of thirty-one prints. While the skull in each print is the same, Hirst diversifies the series through his creative use of colour. Each skull has a unique combination of two colours, meaning no two skulls are alike.

The bold and bright colours Hirst uses throughout the series seem to counter the series’ sombre theme of death. When discussing why he uses art to explore questions of life and death, Hirst explains: “you can frighten people with death or an idea of their own mortality, or it can actually give them vigour.” The vibrant colours used throughout the series reflects this desire to invigorate the viewer and encourage them not to fear death.

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