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Damien Hirst
From the outset of his career Hirst was interested in the possibilities of printmaking and the multiple image. Victory over Death is a photogravure etching with hand-colouring in Gouache by the artist. The etching is based on For the Love of God, a sculpture by Damien Hirst produced in 2007. It consisted of a platinum cast of an 18th century human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped pink diamond located in the forehead that is known as the Skull Star Diamond. The skull's teeth are original, and were purchased by Hirst in London. The sculpture and the print is a Memento mori Latin for "Remember your mortality" or "Remember you must die", referring to a genre of artworks that vary widely but share the same purpose: to remind people of their mortality, an artistic theme dating back to antiquity.
Technique
A photogravure etching, with hand-colouring on Gouache by the artist, printed on 400gsm Velin Arches paper. Published by The Paragon Press, 2008.

Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst (born 7 June 1965 in Bristol) is an English artist. After studying at Leeds College of Art and Design, Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition in a disused warehouse, which showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College, London. He is now seen as the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. Notable for his energy and inventiveness, Hirst has produced a dazzling series of challenging works as installations, sculpture, painting and drawing that have propelled him to worldwide fame. His long-established interest in themes of death, science, religion and art has struck a chord with the general consciousness. Tate Modern held the first retrospective of his work in a British institution in 2012.

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Victory over Death

Victory over Death

Victory over Death

Etching
A metal plate, normally copper or zinc or steel, is covered with an acid-resistant layer of rosin mixed with wax (this is called the ‘ground’). With a sharp point, the artist draws through this ground, but not into the metal plate. The plate is placed in an acid bath and the acid bites into the metal plate where the drawn lines have exposed it. The waxy ground is cleaned off and the plate is covered in ink, then wiped clean, so that ink is retained only in the etched lines. The plate can then be printed through an etching press. The strength of the etched line depends on the length of time the plate is left in the acid bath.
Etching
Edition of 58
Signed by the artist & numbered on the reverse

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119.6 x 108.4cm
36.5 x 33.5 inches

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From the outset of his career Hirst was interested in the possibilities of printmaking and the multiple image. Victory over Death is a photogravure etching with hand-colouring in Gouache by the artist. The etching is based on For the Love of God, a sculpture by Damien Hirst produced in 2007. It consisted of a platinum cast of an 18th century human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped pink diamond located in the forehead that is known as the Skull Star Diamond. The skull's teeth are original, and were purchased by Hirst in London. The sculpture and the print is a Memento mori Latin for "Remember your mortality" or "Remember you must die", referring to a genre of artworks that vary widely but share the same purpose: to remind people of their mortality, an artistic theme dating back to antiquity.

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First Name Damien
Last Name Hirst
Artist Description Damien Hirst (born 7 June 1965 in Bristol) is an English artist. After studying at Leeds College of Art and Design, Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated Freeze, an exhibition in a disused warehouse, which showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College, London. He is now seen as the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. Notable for his energy and inventiveness, Hirst has produced a dazzling series of challenging works as installations, sculpture, painting and drawing that have propelled him to worldwide fame. His long-established interest in themes of death, science, religion and art has struck a chord with the general consciousness. Tate Modern held the first retrospective of his work in a British institution in 2012.
Edition of 58
Ed Date 2008
Inscriptions Signed by the artist & numbered on the reverse
Short Technique Etching
Sheet Size 119.6 x 108.4cm
Sheet Size (Inches) 36.5 x 33.5 inches
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Technical Description A photogravure etching, with hand-colouring on Gouache by the artist, printed on 400gsm Velin Arches paper. Published by The Paragon Press, 2008.
Technique Pop ups A metal plate, normally copper or zinc or steel, is covered with an acid-resistant layer of rosin mixed with wax (this is called the ‘ground’). With a sharp point, the artist draws through this ground, but not into the metal plate. The plate is placed in an acid bath and the acid bites into the metal plate where the drawn lines have exposed it. The waxy ground is cleaned off and the plate is covered in ink, then wiped clean, so that ink is retained only in the etched lines. The plate can then be printed through an etching press. The strength of the etched line depends on the length of time the plate is left in the acid bath.
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