Damien Hirst Opposites
Damien Hirst is known his bold iconography and vibrant color compositions. His prints have become highly collectable and sort after in the contemporary art world.
Born in 1965 in Bristol, Hirst moved to London in begun studying Fine are at Goldsmiths Collage. Today, Hirst has used a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death.
Whilst in his second year, Hirst conceived and curated ‘Freeze’. The exhibition of Goldsmiths students is commonly acknowledged to have been the launching point not only for Hirst, but for a generation of British artists. For its final phase he painted two series of colored spots on to the warehouse walls. Hirst describes the spot paintings as a means of “pinning down the joy of color”, and explains they provided a solution to all problems he’d previously had with color. This work lead to one of the artist’s most prolific and recognizable series.
Also available are silkscreen prints from the Love Gold portfolio. These love heart prints each are foil blocked with a single butterfly. Eight of the hearts are silkscreened and six are in gold leaf. Butterflies are one of many motifs that Hirst uses to reference his fascination with natural history.
The Cure is a set of thirty silkscreen prints, each depicting a two-color pill set against vibrant backgrounds of pop-candy colors. Hirst’s enduring exploration of contemporary belief systems; religion, love, art and medicine. The manipulation of scale, is just one of the techniques employed by the artist to analyze the confident aesthetic of the pharmaceutical industry.