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Butterflies have been a motif within Damien Hirst’s oeuvre since 1991 when the artist made use of live pupae in his first ever solo-show, 'In and Out of Love.' Attached to canvases, the insects developed, hatched, and ultimately died within the duration of the exhibition. Hirst’s attraction to butterflies stems from their rich symbolism. This monoprint depicts a pristine yellow butterfly set against black ground. Invoking the morbid, scientific collection and display of insect specimens while also capturing the species’ inherent beauty, this work illustrates the duplicities essential to nature’s designs.
Published by The Paragon Press, London
Galerie Maximillion, Aspen, Colorado
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Frame: 52 x 47.38 in (132.08 x 120.33 cm)
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Damien Hirst (b. 1965) is a British artist best known for his leading role in the Young British Artist (YBA) movement of the 1990s. Hirst’s artistic practice varies wildly—from dead animals submerged in formaldehyde, to pristine, ominous medicine cabinets, to the pharmaceutically poppy, menacingly hollow spot paintings—but his key themes are life’s mortality and modern science’s palliative, seductive allure. Rising from the British recession of the 1990s, his middle-class artistic persona melds the antagonism and shock of British punk rock with the showmanship and audacious capitalism of Andy Warhol.