Damien Hirst — Love Prints - American Copper Butterfly on aster

584 x 406 mm (23 x 16 inches)
Giclée print
Edition of 25
Signed and numbered
Published by Other Criteria

'A photograph is from a moment. Painting is about stopping to look at the world, considering it, and giving it more importance.' –Damien Hirst

Titled ‘Love prints’, these works reproduce a series of paintings first exhibited at Gagosian Gallery in the exhibition ‘Forgotten Promises’, Hong Kong, 2011.

Using stock photo images of butterflies as subject matter, Hirst has used the ‘Fact Painting’ technique he first used in 2000 to produce exact likenesses of imagery selected from newspapers, his own work, personal photographs; including the birth of one of his sons, biopsies and famous diamonds. 

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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