Damien Hirst — Love is a Temporary Madness

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Framed dimensions: 497 x 497 x 106 m (20 x 20 x 4 inches)
Unframed dimensions: 152.4 x 152.4 mm (6 x 6 inches)
Butterfly and household gloss on canvas

For Damien Hirst, the great appeal of butterflies is that when they're dead they can still seem so full of life: gorgeously vivid and threatening to at any minute flap their wings and fly away. The monochrome paintings are the earliest example of Hirst's use of butterflies, which were to become one of the most recognisable motifs in his work. Of their repeated appearance he says: 'I think rather than be personal you have to find universal triggers: everyone’s frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies.'

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965. He first came to public attention in 1988 when he conceived and curated ‘Freeze’, an exhibition of his own work and that of his contemporaries at Goldsmiths college, staged in a disused London warehouse. Since this time Hirst has become widely recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation.

Through a varied practise of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing Hirst has sought to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Alongside over 80 solo exhibitions he has worked on numerous curatorial projects. In 2008, Hirst took the unprecedented step of bypassing gallery involvement in selling 244 new works at a Sotheby’s, London auction entitled ‘Beautiful Inside My Head Forever’.

Hirst was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995 and his contribution to British art over the last two and a half decades has been acknowledged in a major solo retrospective exhibited at Tate Modern, London. He lives in Devon and has studios in Gloucester and London.

Text © Damien Hirst & Science Ltd., All rights reserved, 2012

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