A closer look at Damien Hirst's - 'The Virtues'

A look into the captivating cherry blossom series by Damien Hirst

This hopeful, detailed and deeply personal series of works are created by the iconic British artist Damien Hirst.

 

This series offers something different to what we usually expect from Hirst, however there is a darker theme to the beautiful cherry blossoms that signify the passing of time each year, and ultimately death as well as hope and regeneration. The works have a personal tone to them as the artist draws from childhood memories of a cherry tree outside his first home. 

 

The series 'The Virtues' features eight giclee prints on aluminium composite panels. The series is part of a wider project dedicated to cherry blossoms which includes over 100 works created by Hirst, which are currently being exhibited in Paris. 

 

Damien Hirst

H9-3 Mercy, 2021

Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel

120 x 96 cm

Edition 817

 

Delicate pink cherry blossoms can be seen against a dreamy light-blue backdrop. The works are a personal series that hark back to Hirst’s youth, reminding him of his mother painting the cherry blossom tree outside his bedroom window in his childhood home in Devon. 

 

Damien Hirst completed 'The Virtues' series in February 2021 during lockdown. You can see how the creative process would have provided solace to the artist, drawing from memories of his mother and childhood in a time of world-wide hardship. 

 

Damien Hirst
H9-4 Politeness, 2021
Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel
120 x 96 cm
47 1/4 x 37 3/4 in
Edition of 1549
 

 
Representing the national flower of Japan and a key moral code in Japanese culture, the series is named after the Japanese ‘Eight Virtues of Bushidō’. The virtues include justice, courage, mercy, politeness, honesty, honour, loyalty, and control. 

 

Damien Hirst

H9-6 Honour, 2021

Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel

120 x 96 cm

47 1/4 x 37 3/4 in

Edition of 693

 
 
These virtues acted as a moral code concerning samurai attitudes, behaviour and lifestyle and each print is named after a different virtue. 
 

The prints are made up of tiny spots. The artists influence of Impressionism and Pointillism shine through in the series. Hirst combines thick brushstrokes with intricate spots and delicate gestural lines. The use of dots in notable in other artworks by Hirst and has become a part of his iconic painting style that he is so well known for. 

 

Damien Hirst
H9-8 Control, 2021
Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel
120 x 96 cm
47 1/4 x 37 3/4 in
Edition of 862
 

 

We currently have all the listed works available in this post.

 

To enquire about any of the works featured here, please contact info@rhodescontemporaryart.com or call (0)20 7240 7909.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!  

January 22, 2022