Damien Hirst

Butterfly (Portfolio of 12)

Damien Hirst

Butterfly (Portfolio of 12)

Price: $50,000.00

Framing not included


Edition Size:
sheet: 47 x 39,1 cm (18 1/2 × 15 3/8 in)
image: 30 × 24,5 cm (11 3/4 × 9 5/8 in)
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About the Artwork

The animal kingdom has always been a source of inspiration for Damien Hirst, and these 12 beautiful etchings of colored butterflies on black backgrounds, are another such example. In these prints the artist takes all signs of life from the butterflies and has them, instead, looking like pieces from a collection in a wunderkammer.

"I love their repetition in my collection, it’s just the same question asked again and again and again in slightly different ways. It’s life’s ultimate questions: why, where, what, how? They transcend time and space and location."

Damien Hirst

These prints establish a powerful visual tension between the frailty and exquisite colors of the butterflies, and the somewhat drab, industrial colors of the gloss backgrounds on which they are fastened. The effect is poetic: the sense of a tiny life arrested, and of a transient, short lived beauty.

About the Artist

Hirst Sig

Damien Hirst (1965, Bristol, UK) is a leading artist of the YBA (Young British Artist) generation. He is widely regarded as one of the most important artists working today, creating truly iconic artworks.

About the printing Technique

Weng Contemporary Etching

Artists from Rembrandt to Picasso have used etching to create some of their most famous works. Etching has often been combined with other intaglio techniques such as engraving or aquatint.