DAMIEN HIRST

Damien Hirst Your Heart The Wonder of You Butterfly Print

DAMIEN HIRST (British, b. 1965)
Your Heart (from the series The Wonder of You), 2015
Polymer-gravure etching with lithographic overlay in colors on wove paper
36 1/4 x 26 3/8 inches (92 x 67 cm)
Edition of 55
Signed on recto; numbered on verso

Damien Hirst is a leading figure in the Young British Artist (YBA) movement of the 1990s. Key themes in his art are life’s mortality and modern science’s palliative, seductive allure. The butterfly, with its ephemeral lifespan, is a frequent subject of his work. In 2012, Hirst showed what went on to be one of his most controversial work in decades, the installation In and Out of Love, which consisted of two white windowless rooms in which over 9,000 butterflies flitted around and died. His artistic practice varies wildly, from dead animals submerged in formaldehyde, to ominous medicine cabinets, to paintings of color spots with pharmaceutical names. A winner of the coveted Turner Prize in 1995, Hirst’s works are held in major collections such as the Tate Gallery in London and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

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