Weng Contemporary


The Virtues (set of 8)-Damien Hirst-1

Clockwise: Justice, Courage, Mercy, Politeness, Honesty, Honour, Loyalty, Control We are delighted to be offering the iconic Virtues prints by the British artist Damien Hirst, in the most exclusive way, as a portfolio (set of 8) in matching edition number. These eight limited editions are each titled after one of The Eight Virtues of Bushidō according to Nitobe Inazō -Justice, Courage, Mercy, Politeness, Honesty, Honour, Loyalty, and Control. A continuation of Hirst's "Cherry Blossom" works, which were exhibited for the first time at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, in July 2021 until January 2022. Hirst devoted two years, in 2018 and 2019, to creating the 107 imposing paintings that comprise the Cherry Blossoms series. In his London studio, he combined thick brushstrokes and elements of gestural painting, referencing Impressionism, Pointillism, and Action Painting. Hirst has been fascinated by the subject of cherry blossoms from an early age, as early as at the age of three - still remembering - watching his mother paint a cherry blossom tree in blossom. As a young adult Hirst was enchanted by a cherry blossom tree outside his bedroom window in Devon. The series of the Cherry Blossoms once again binds Hirst's oeuvre together; each blossom is made out of coloured dots echoing his Spot series, as well as the Veils paintings and even going all the way back to his Visual Candy series - early painterly representations created in an abstracted matter.

“ I feel alive when I'm painting them. So I'm putting my life into it. It's a lot, you , know, of climbing up a ladder, throwing paint, mixing big buckets, chinking them on the canvas from far away - all that energy of life is actually caught in the paint. „

Damien Hirst