Damien Hirst SWEET DISORDER Photogravure etching with lithographic overlay printed in colors

Love Poems Damien Hirst

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Love Poems is a portfolio of six mixed media prints created in 2015 by Damien Hirst. Each print is square in format and shows an array of beautifully rendered butterflies scattered across the composition. Set against brightly coloured backdrops, the butterflies are placed seemingly at random in each print, some positioned upside down.

Many of Hirst’s prints depict the same references, namely butterflies, skulls, spots and pills, but the design and composition of the references are different in every series. For instance, the Love Poems series is almost identical in subject matter and format to Hirst’s The Wonder Of You series from the same year, their differences only in colour and in the latter’s rectangular frame. This continual use of the same subject matter is reflected in Hirst’s keen use of series in his career and of this he has said: “You get some sort of security from the repetition of a series. If you say something twice, it’s pretty convincing. It’s more convincing than if you say it once.”

The butterfly motif has been used by Hirst throughout his career in the appearance of life that the insects retain in death. Indeed, this series is reminiscent of his series of paintings entitled The Four Elements (Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, Green and Blue) from 2005. These earlier works were the first example of the artist’s use of painted butterflies which were to become one of his most recognisable symbols of his career. 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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