Produced exclusively for Other Criteria we are proud to present Damien Hirst’s silkscreen print ‘Love is All You Need’. The butterflies, captured on the plane of rich gloss paint – like luminous fly-paper – are among Hirst’s most famous motifs, emblematic as they are of the fleetingness of life, and the romance of death. The print finds the butterflies seemingly suspended in celebration, the vibrancy of their wings never diminishing, not even in death. Produced in an edition of 75, signed and numbered by the artist, ‘Love is All You Need’ is the ideal gift for romantics and fatalists alike.
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.
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