Author: Charlotte Bearn

Damien Hirst: The Souls Collection

Damien Hirst has had a recent blockbuster exhibition featuring his latest butterfly motifs ‘The Souls’, which opened its doors to the public after a string of good reviews and optimistic press.

Upon entering the exhibition the subject matter was unavoidable – butterflies. Floor-to -ceiling, wall-to-wall butterflies; a lepidopterist’s fantasy.

Damien Hirst: The Souls Collection | Image

The pale, bright room is filled with white frames lined up in grids. Within each frame is a gleaming foil print of a butterfly, in one of four different shapes and a multitude of different colour combinations. The butterflies shimmer when the light hits them.

The subject of the butterfly is synonymous with Damien Hirst and ‘Souls’ envelops several of the artist's well-known concerns: life and death, brutality and beauty, and, indeed, the beauty of dead butterflies.

Hirst has been questioned on whether he is a ‘butterfly obsessive’, responding: “I've always liked that kind of natural history. I'm interested, first of all, in the fact they all look alive when they're dead. They represent the soul.”

It is seemingly apparent that the desire from collectors for these pieces never seems to falter. In part that is down to the lure of the Hirst brand, but largely to one other aspect of Hirst’s artwork: quality. The works on display are undeniably beautiful and expertly crafted.

Damien Hirst: The Souls Collection | Image

Damien Hirst: The Souls Collection | Image

Damien Hirst: The Souls Collection | Image

The editions are produced using a print technique called foil blocking. Each butterfly is done in three stages: the bottom, base colour print is then accentuated by two more sparkling layers that pick out details on the patterned wings or the shape of the thoraxes.

Everything about this exhibition is geared towards viewers' experience of themselves as individuals and this print exhibition is a reminder of Hirst's power as an image-maker, and of his ability to create images and projects that can touch viewers.

It's tempting, in a sea of colour combinations on glittery wings, to pick your favourites, and to indulge that the act of picking is unique to you as a character. Essentially your choices are defining you and the exhibition and artwork question what these choices reveal of you, of your soul?

The ‘Souls’ editions are available now through our London and Brighton galleries.

To enquire about other works and artists we have in the gallery call +44 (0)20 7240 7909

art to arrive by christmas

Rise no.1 Art Print by Lisa Lloyd
Exclusive

Rise no.1

60 x 60cm

£150

60 x 60cm

£48

6 x 10 cm

RYCA £80

Blowing A Kiss

12 x 12cm

£80

12 x 12cm

United Colour of London Art Print by Jayson Lilley
Exclusive

£195

31 x 24cm

BALLOON DOG 7 Art Print by VeeBee
Exclusive
VeeBee £270

BALLOON DOG 7

21 x 29.7cm

£270

21 x 29.7cm

Love is the Drug - Pink Diamond Dust, 2020 Art Print by Ryan Callanan
Exclusive

£200

60 x 60cm

Tom Lewis £125

Stag

30 x 30 cm

£125

30 x 30 cm

Gorilla - Pink Foil

42 x 59.4cm

£195

42 x 59.4cm

Jungle Blooms 2 Small

32.5 x 32.5cm

£50

32.5 x 32.5cm

Not My First Rodeo (11th Edition) Art Print by Babak Ganjei
Exclusive

£135

50 x 70cm

Choco Happy Dog

12 x 6 x 12cm

£300

12 x 6 x 12cm

£150

50 x 70cm

£150

60 x 30 cm

Canary

40 x 50cm

£150

40 x 50cm

£50

50 x 70cm

£125

60 x 60 cm

Miss Travel UK

26 x 33 cm

£55

26 x 33 cm

I Love London

22 x 17 cm

£60

22 x 17 cm

Snoopy Cube

40 x 40 cm

£195

40 x 40 cm

Sara Pope £150

Amped

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

£150

18.3 x 18.3 x 3.2cm

Oli Mumby £120

£120

59.4 x 42cm

Shark Tank (Neon Green and Pink) Art Print by Memori Prints
Exclusive

£85

52.7 x 38.7cm

You've Got the Love Art Print by Kid-B
Exclusive
Kid-B £65

£65

50 x 50cm

£195

51 x 24 cm

Honey Bee, 2020 Art Print by Dylan Floyd
Exclusive

Honey Bee, 2020

20 x 20cm

£35

20 x 20cm

Ellipsis - Remix, 2020 Art Print by Dan Hillier
Exclusive

£98

42 x 42 cm

Right Hand Red, 2020 Art Print by Static
Exclusive
Static £35

£35

20 x 20cm

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