“I’ve got an obsession with death … But I think it’s like a celebration of life rather than something morbid.” Damien Hirst
Entreaty is based on a Hirst 'Kaleidoscope' painting, in which butterfly wings are placed in household paint to create intricate geometric patterns. This iconic series features Hirst's most enduring ‘universal triggers’ and dates back to 2001 when the works were originally inspired by Victorian tea trays. The addition of glitter on these silkscreen prints adds another dimension and highlights the beauty the butterflies retain in death.
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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