Damien Hirst


Damien Hirst


Price: $8,000.00

Framing not included


Inkjet Print, glaze and foilblock
Edition Size:
61,5 x 71 cm (24.2 x 27.9 in)
Signed and numbered

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About the Artwork

Hell shows rows of stubbed-out cigarette ends and a single Cuban cigar on the shelves. The use of metallic foilblocking onto inkjet transforms the print, unremittingly drawing the viewer in and multiplying the cigarette butts.
 These objects embody the contradiction between desire, pleasure and death. The ashes recall a graveyard and the cigarette stubs create a ‘feeling of arid post-humanity in the most expansive way’ (Brian Dillon, Ugly Feelings in Damien Hirst, Tate 2012).

"The whole smoking thing is like a mini life cycle."

Damien Hirst

The cigarettes, now expired, are an image of dystopia and a reminder of mortality. 
Cigarettes are a recurring theme in Hirst’s work. He explains : “The whole smoking thing is like a mini life cycle. For me, the cigarette can stand for life. The packet with its possible cigarettes stands for birth, the lighter can signify God, which gives life to the whole situation, the ashtray represents death […] being metaphorical is ridiculous, but it’s unavoidable.”

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 Inkjet

Inkjet has become an established part of the art market in the last decade. Even the collections of the Tate, the MOMA and Guggenheim include inkjet prints.