Damien Hirst, ‘Death of God, Galeria Hilario Galguera’, 2006, Forum Auctions

Signed in black felt tip pen, one of only 100 signed copies, on silk paper, published by Other Criteria, London, the full sheet printed to the edges, 595 x 840mm (23 3/8 x 33in) (unframed)

Hirst draws inspiration from the spiritual symbolisation of the butterfly, used since antiquity to represent Psyche, the soul and resurrection. For the artist, the butterfly, along with his reoccurring motif of the skull, represents the beauty, fleetingness and fragility of existence.

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About Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show (which would come to define the Young British Artists), Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. His groundbreaking works include The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark in formaldehyde; Mother and Child Divided (1993) a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf; and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized.

British, b. 1965, Bristol, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom