Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 7

Damien Hirst
Butterfly Rainbow (small) - Contemporary art, 21st Century, YBAs, Color, Print

2020

$3,090.60

About

Butterfly Rainbow (small) - Damien Hirst, Contemporary Art, 21st Century, YBAs, Colorful, Giclée Print, Brush Stokes, Paint, Glossy, Limited Edition Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel Edition of 4150 Published by HENI Digitally Signed and numbered on label on the verso In mint condition, as acquired from the publisher and in the original packaging With Certificate of Authenticity Shortly after graduating from Goldsmiths, in 1989, Hirst began working on a series of paintings after seeing flies get stuck on primed canvases in his Brixton studio. Taking this idea, but wanting to create something beautiful, Hirst started fixing the bodies of dead butterflies to monochrome gloss-painted canvases. The appeal of butterflies is created largely by the appearance of life they retain in death. Hirst has said, “I think rather than be personal you have to find universal triggers: everyone’s frightened of glass, everyone’s frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies.” "A symbol of hope" as Hirst has expressed throughout his career, the rainbow has been vastly used throughout the history of art - spanning more than 800 years. One of that most enigmatic weather phenomena, the rainbow: from Noah's sign and the Book of Revelation, through to 18th-century optics, the epic landscapes of Romanticism, and modernist abstraction. "I love colour. How can you not?" has said Hirst. Another way that rainbows provide us with hope and motivation is by being a symbol for good luck. Rainbows are often thought to bring good fortune. DAMIEN HIRST The Turner prize winner and epicenter of the YBA movement. Hirst's emblematic art of our era revolutionizes the art market. Hirst is widely regarded as one of the most important artists working today, creating truly iconic artworks. A genuine star of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement, Damien Hirst has always made a point of mixing up different media. Whether as a sculptor, an installation artist, a painter, or a printmaker, Hirst has produced many of the most spectacular and widely discussed works in recent years and helped to revolutionize the art market. Damien Hirst’s, For the Love of God, the diamond-encrusted replica of the skull of a thirty-five-year-old man from the thirteenth century, broke all records to become the most expensive contemporary artwork in the world. Damien Hirst´s artworks are truly emblematic icons of our era, with their recurring motives such as dots, butterflies, cows, sharks, skulls, pills, and pharmacy cabinets. “I do believe art is more powerful than money, though. I still believe that. And if I ever find out money's more important, I'll knock it on the head.”—Damien Hirst His works, captivating and intense as they are, challenge our stereotyped concepts and beliefs. Damien Hirst’s shark, suspended in formaldehyde, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), is widely recognized, as are his real butterflies suspended in paint or thousands of butterfly wings arranged in a mandala-like pattern – the famous Damien Hirst butterfly paintings. Since 1986 he has been producing the Spot paintings (sometimes called Dot Paintings), a series of paintings with evocative pharmacological titles, which display lines of colored spots. Damien Hirst´s Spot paintings and his Spin paintings became iconic series. Inspired by such diverse themes as life, death, art, science, and medicine, Damien Hirst’s art takes a direct and challenging approach to ideas about existence. The energy and inventiveness are also to be found in Damien Hirst's prints, which continue to stir controversy within the viewer with the same intensity.

Details

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $297.61 Express Front Door Shipping
    to United States 0, arrives in 1-2 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Glattbrugg, Switzerland
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more

About the Artist

Damien Hirst

British artist Damien Hirst is widely considered the enfant terrible of contemporary art. He is the most prominent of the so-called Young British Artists, or YBAs, a group, largely composed of Hirst’s classmates at Goldsmiths, in London, that began exhibiting together in warehouses and factories after 1988 and is known for the use of unconventional materials and “shock tactics.”

In the 1990s, Hirst said, “I can’t wait to get into a position to make really bad art and get away with it.” And indeed, he is notorious for piquing critics and baffling the public with such pieces as his signature glass vitrines containing dead sheep or sharks in formaldehyde, and his diamond-encrusted skull, For the Love of God.

Working primarily in sculpture, Hirst takes after French modernist master Marcel Duchamp in his use of ready-made objects and materials, which he combines to ironic effect. He often creates in series, as with The Cure (Violet) and The Cure (Turquoise), both from 2014, which are among several pill paintings referencing Andy Warhol’s embrace of mass production. Belonging to his ongoing series of “spot” paintings, begun in the 1980s, the 2005 piece Xylene Cyanol Dye Solution is striking for its machinelike, industrial uniformity and almost childlike simplicity, a seeming rebuke to the idea of the artist-as-genius.

In addition to making art, Hirst has launched stores that sell editioned works (Other Criteria), a restaurant (Pharmacy2) and even his own London museum (Newport Street Gallery).

Find Damien Hirst paintings, prints and other works on 1stDibs.

About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in Zug, Switzerland
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 2014
1stDibs seller since 2021
18 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: <1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

The Virtues 'Loyalty', Limited Edition 'Cherry Blossom' Landscape, 2021
By Damien Hirst
Located in New York, NY
The contemporary pop art cherry blossom ‘Loyalty' is one of the eight from the iconic ‘Virtues’ series by Damien Hirst, the laminated giclée print on aluminum panel was created in 20...
Category

2010s Young British Artists (YBA) Landscape Prints

Materials

Panel, Giclée, Laminate

In A Spin, from In A Spin Series
By Damien Hirst
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Damien Hirst In A Spin, from In A Spin: The Action Of The World On Things 2002 Spin etching S: 36 x 28 in. I: 6 x 4 in. Edition of 68 Pencil signed Condi...
Category

Early 2000s Young British Artists (YBA) Abstract Prints

Materials

Etching

I Get Around, from In A Spin Series
By Damien Hirst
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Damien Hirst I Get Around, from In A Spin: The Action Of The World On Things 2002 Spin etching S: 36 x 28 in. I: 11 x 10 in. Edition of 68 Pencil signed ...
Category

Early 2000s Young British Artists (YBA) Abstract Prints

Materials

Etching

Wheel Within A Wheel, from In A Spin Series
By Damien Hirst
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION: Damien Hirst Wheel Within A Wheel, from In A Spin: The Action Of The World On Things 2002 Spin etching S: 36 x 28 in. I: 9 x 7 3/4 in. Edition of 68 Penci...
Category

Early 2000s Young British Artists (YBA) Abstract Prints

Materials

Etching

Liberty
By Damien Hirst
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Hirst, Damien Title: Liberty Series: In a Spin Volume 1 Date: 2002 Medium: Etching on 350gsm Hahnmuhle paper Unframed Dimensions: 35.875" x 28" Framed Dimensions: 43....
Category

Early 2000s Young British Artists (YBA) Abstract Prints

Materials

Etching

Liberty
Price Upon Request
H5- 8 Savoy
By Damien Hirst
Located in New York, NY
Damien Hirst H5-8 Savoy, 2018 Diasec-mounted Giclée print on aluminium panel Edition of 100
Category

2010s Abstract Prints

Materials

Giclée

H5- 8 Savoy
Price Upon Request
Savoy (H5-8), Diasec-mounted Giclée Print, Contemporary Art, Abstraction
By Damien Hirst
Located in Hamburg, DE
Damien Hirst (British, born 1965) Savoy (H5-8), 2018 Medium: Diasec-mounted Giclée print on aluminum panel Dimensions: 88.9 × 88.9 cm (35 × 35 in) Edition of 100: Hand signed and num...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Giclée

Fruitful (Small) -- Giclée Print, Colourful, Abstract Art by Damien Hirst
By Damien Hirst
Located in London, GB
DAMIEN HIRST Fruitful (Small), 2020 Laminated Giclee print on aluminium composite panel Stamp signed and numbered from the edition of 3308 on a label affixed verso Published by Heni ...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Giclée

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery