Damien Hirst’s screen print, Till Death Do Us Part (coral red, silver gloss, true blue) is one of ten prints that make up his Till Death Do Us Part series from 2012. The print shows a silkscreen image of a human skull facing directly out towards the viewer. The image of the skull is taken from a photograph and flattened, depicted in silver and blue and set against a block colour red backdrop.
Hirst’s influence from the Pop artist Andy Warhol comes through in the Till Death Do Us Part series. Before Hirst, Warhol was similarly preoccupied with the iconography of death, depicting skulls in many variations in the latter stage of his career. Also, like Warhol, Hirst repeats a single image across an entire series, each print showing a variation on the original image through the manipulation of colour. Through his obsessive repetition of the skull throughout the Till Death Do Us Part series and his wider body of work, Hirst both desensitises and amplifies the permeating human condition of mortality.
It is only in the later stages of Hirst’s career that he has become interested in prints and editions. His first print portfolio was produced in 1999 and were a set of screen prints that depicted medicine bottle labels. Since his first print portfolio, Hirst has produced many prints and editions like those in the Till Death Do Us Part series and are a major part of his oeuvre.