DAMIEN HIRST "CHICKEN: LAST SUPPER" SCREENPRINT, 1999
Damien Hirst is arguably the most successful living British artist. Since the late 1980s, Damien Hirst has created installations, sculptures, paintings, prints, and drawings that examine the complex relationships between art and beauty, religion and science, and life and death. He established his reputation, as both an artist and curator, in the 1990's with a new generation of creators knowns as the YBAs (Young British Artists).
Hirst became of the of the most recognized, discussed and collected provocateurs of our time. His works, such as his iconic sharks or cows in formaldehyde tanks incite strong, visceral responses that divide audiences on both sides of the pond.
This work is from one of thirteen screenprints in Hirst’s series, “The Last Supper”. This series of giant prints question our credulous nature towards pharmaceuticals, suggesting that our trust and dependency toward modern medicine is akin to (blind) faith in religion.
In this series Hirst mimics pharmaceutical packaging but replaces the name of a medication with that of common British foods. The companies' branding has been replaced with variations of Hirst’s namesake, including a phallic-shaped logo, another prime example of Hirst’s dry-witted humor.
The artist draws comparison between the mass commercialization of pharmaceuticals and fast food, highlighting the omnipresence of both industries as well as their physiological consequences that often go unrecognized.
Hirst first began including medical imagery and motifs in his work as early as the 1980s. This work is exemplary of Hirst’s critical analysis of big pharma and his commitment to subverting and questioning its widespread acceptance...with his unmistakable cheeky British humor.
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Screenprint on paper
From an edition of 150
60”H 34”W (work)
63"H 43"W (framed)
Framed with plexiglass
Very good condition. Minor wear to frame
Printed at Coriander Studio, London
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