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Damien Hirst: The Souls On Jacob’s Ladder 2 - Signed Print

The Souls On Jacob’s Ladder 2
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Intaglio, 2007
Signed Print Edition of 72
H 120cm x W 108cm

Critical Review

Harking back to the work of Pop artist Andy Warhol, Hirst creates a series of six prints with the same subject and composition, each showing a different species of butterfly in varying colour combinations making each print unique. Rendering the fine detail of the butterfly wings and setting this against the dark backdrop, Hirst combines these elements to produce an image that finds universally engaging triggers. This contrast between the flat background and the realistic image of the insect plays with Hirst’s concern with facts and truth that images are assumed to depict.

The butterfly motif is a prominent figure that Hirst has used throughout his career to bring together themes around morality, life, love, faith and aesthetics. Speaking of his obsession with butterflies Hirst has explained, “I think rather than be personal you have to find universal triggers: everyone’s frightened of glass, everyone’s frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies.”

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