Damien Hirst's solo exhibition has opened in Sweden at McCabe Fine Art in Stockholm, presenting the largest collection of 'Psalm' paintings ever to have been shown together.
He began using butterflies in the early part of his artist career, describing the insect as 'universal triggers' - "everyone's is frightened of glass, everyone's frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies".
The 'Psalm' paintings form part of the 'Kaleidoscope' series, conceived by the artist in 2001. The works reference the spiritual symbolism of the butterfly, used by the Greeks to depict Psyche, the soul, and in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection. The perfect symmetry which characterises the 'Psalms' alludes to both the displays of light, colour and beauty as presented in Gothic stained glass windows, and the circular patterns of Buddhist mandalas. The paintings, which are rendered on uniformly-sized circular, square or diamond-shaped canvases, might variously be interpreted as explorations into the nature of beauty, religion, death and the fragility of life.
The exhibition will continue until the 22nd October 2014.