Your Touch is an etching from Damien Hirst’s The Wonder Of You series from 2015. This print is refreshing in its colour choice, showing eight hyperrealist butterflies in saturated colours set against a sky blue backdrop. Exploring themes of love, life, death and aesthetics, this is a universally appealing print depicted with complimentary colours.
The Wonder Of You series is important in its use of the butterfly motif that has been prominent throughout Hirst’s career. The series is reminiscent of part of Hirst’s 1991 In And Out Of Love (Butterfly Paintings And Ashtrays) installation that fixed the bodies of dead butterflies into monochrome gloss paint. The artist’s preoccupation with butterflies is rooted in the way that even when the insects are dead, they appear to be alive. Well known for his obsession with mortality, Hirst claims that his use of the butterfly motif is a symbol for the celebration of life rather than death.
Your Touch directly references Hirst’s work from 1991, showing the butterflies against the bright colour field as though stuck to the gloss paint. Scattered across the composition, each butterfly is unique and placed at random, some even appearing upside down.