Weng Contemporary


The Last Supper-Damien Hirst-1

Damien Hirst has been incorporating pharmaceuticals in his work since the late 1980s, including his glass-fronted medicine cabinets filled with empty drugs packagings. For the artist medicine, like religion and art, represents a belief system which is both appealing and illusory. The Last Supper is a series of thirteen screenprints commissioned by Charles Booth-Clibborn and published by his imprint, The Paragon Press, London. Between three and seven screens, or colours, were used to make each print. The individual works are not numbered nor do they follow a particular order, and they can be displayed individually or in groups. The images are drawn from pharmaceutical packaging, where the original names have been replaced with the name of traditional British foods. The Last Supper refers to the way in which medicinal drugs are becoming a regular part of everyday life, as common as the food Hirst has chosen to represent.

“ I can't understand why some people believe completely in medicine and not in art, without questioning either. „

Damien Hirst