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Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst, Mantra with Diamond Dust, 2011

2011

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The ‘Mantra’ is a silkscreen print with diamond dust, created by Master Contemporary artist, Damien Hirst in 2011. This massive, stately, and shimmering print is the largest ever created by Hirst in his entire career to date. Damien Hirst has accumulated international recognition for his stunning works utilizing the image of the butterfly in various forms. His signature style utilizes butterflies as symbolism for the celebration of life, ‘Mantra’ showcases hundreds of the bright, lively butterfly wings in perfect formation as they reflect an ethereal glimmer in the light. This work is a part of an exclusive edition of only 50 pieces ever created. The spiritual symbolism of the butterfly, used by the Greeks to depict Psyche, the soul, and in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection, is one of Hirst’s universal ‘triggers’. Damien Hirst has developed a signature motif of kaleidoscope butterfly formations that is both instantly recognizable and inspiring. The mandala of colorful wings is completely covered in thousands of flakes of genuine diamond dust, a perfect circle representing light, hope, and eternal beauty. Hirst takes inspiration from intricate stained glass windows, universal symbols and eastern philosophy, the powerful ‘Mantra’ is a spectacular sight to behold. The artwork comes framed in a custom made museum quality matte white with white underlay and is outfitted with museum quality UV non-glare glass. The sheet of artwork measures: 60 x 59 in. / 152.4 x 149.86 cm. The framed dimensions measure: 64 x 65 x 2 in. ‘Mantra’ arrives ready to install with the Arton seal of approval for authenticity, quality and exquisite condition. Questions on this piece? Call us directly. Damien Hirst is a British contemporary master artist and entrepreneur recognized for his iconic artworks that have defined the contemporary art world for over a decade. His varied practice, which includes installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing, explores the complex relationships between life, death, art, religion, and science. Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965 and grew up in Leeds, England. In 1984, he moved to London, where he worked in construction before enrolling at Goldsmiths University of London, in 1986 to study fine art. While at Goldsmiths, Hirst organized the independent student exhibition Freeze, which has become legendary as the originating moment of the Young British Artists (YBAs). Freeze, which exhibited Hirst’s first spot paintings, launched Hirst and 15 of his fellow students to fame, making their place in art history. In 1991, Charles Saatchi, offering to fund Hirst’s artwork, mounted the first Young British Artists (YBA) exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Among the works exhibited was The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark submerged in a formaldehyde vitrine, which became an overnight sensation. As a result of the show, Hirst was nominated for that year's Turner Prize. Hirst again won the Turner Prize in 1995 for his piece, Mother and Child Divided, which consists of a cow and a calf each bisected and held within its own glass case. Hirst is well recognized for his spot paintings, medicine cabinet motifs, brightly colored spin paintings, kaleidoscopic butterflies, and diamond-encrusted skulls. Since 1987, over 80 solo Damien Hirst exhibitions have taken place worldwide and his work has been included in over 260 group shows. He has permanent sculptural installations across the globe and is the UK's richest living artist. Hirst continues to work and create art in the present day, with his recent focus primarily on paintings.

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  • Artist
    Damien Hirst (1965, British)
  • Creation Year
    2011
  • Dimensions
    Height: 65 in. (165.1 cm)Width: 64 in. (162.56 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Framing
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU83517048502

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About Damien Hirst (Artist)

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).

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