- Damien Hirst
- Beautiful Love Strummerville with Beautiful Butterflies
- signed, titled and dated 2008 on the reverse
- butterflies and household gloss on canvas, in artist's frame
Sotheby's, London, 16 September 2008, Lot 109
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
The present work, Beautiful Love Strummerville with Beautiful Butterflies, is unique for its combination of both the spin technique and Hirst’s use of exotic butterflies. Butterflies, both living and dead, have long occupied a position of the utmost centrality in Hirst's production ever since the early 1990s. Recounting his formative interest in these creatures, Hirst explains: "I had them in my bedroom...I got wooden frames and nylon mesh and I made a huge box...I found out where you could buy the pupae and all that kind of stuff and I got them all. I got them all in my bedroom and I bred them in my bedroom. I remember it because it was so cramped. There was only room for me bed and the box" (the artist in Exh. Cat., Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Damien Hirst, 2004-2005, p. 78).
Following Joe Strummer's untimely death, his family and friends launched Strummerville, a charitable foundation for the production of new music. The main aim of Strummerville is to provide benefits to individuals, groups and organizations to enable the production of music by creative young people who would otherwise be prevented from doing so simply because they lack the necessary funds.
Representing a resplendent and iconic exemplification of Hirst’s most career-defining concerns, Beautiful Love Strummerville with Beautiful Butterflies announces a suspended animation of love, beauty and a celebration of life.