Purchase The Empresses- H10-4 Suiko Pop Street Artwork Limited Edition Giclee & Giltter Screenprint Print on Aluminum Sheet by Urban Graffiti Modern Artist Damien Hirst. Signed 2022 Materials: Laminated Giclée print on aluminum composite, screen printed with glitter. Artwork dimensions: 100 x 100 cm Additional details: Signed and numbered on the label 39.37x39.37 Suiko, a composition that evokes life in many ways, is titled after the first recorded empress of Japan. Though legend says that several females had ruled before Suiko (554-628 CE), her rise to power after her brother Sushun was murdered in 592 CE marked a break with the tradition of installing male rulers. Suiko is remembered for the Chinese and Korean influences she brought to the country, including the implementation of the Chinese calendar, the arrival of Chinese and Korean craftsmen, and, perhaps most notably, the establishment of Buddhism. In Suiko, variously sized paired wings emanate from the work’s center, producing a symmetrical concentric circle, a compositional arrangement that recalls Buddhist symbolism and the life cycle. This circular pattern is strikingly defined by glittering lines of red that diagonally cross the composition from the center to meet each corner. With the wings set against a red background, the lines shoot through the pairs of disembodied wings where the bodies once existed. As is true of each work from the series, Suiko appears in a constant state of transformation, the butterflies moving and evolving the longer one stands before the work. While the intricacies can be truly appreciated up close to the print, from afar the composition takes on a new life. From this vantage point, Suiko reveals itself to have a ballooning arrangement of wings, which are organized around the central pattern of concentric circles and complimented by external arrangements of further wings. This arrangement is akin to a biological or molecular structure, evocative of the organisms that it depicts.
Purchase The Empresses- H10-5 Taytu Betul Pop Street Artwork Limited Edition Giclee & Giltter Screenprint Print on Aluminum Sheet by Urban Graffiti Modern Artist Damien Hirst. Signed 2022 Materials: Laminated Giclée print on aluminum composite, screen printed with glitter. Artwork dimensions: 100 x 100 cm Additional details: Signed and numbered on the label 39.37x39.37 A composition that is infused with an exhilarating sense of speed and movement, Taytu Betul is named after the fierce empress of Ethiopia. Upon her marriage to Emperor Menelik, in 1889 Taytu Betul (c. 1851-1918) became empress of Ethiopia. She was anything but a passive ruler, unequivocally resistant to imperialism and staunchly opposed to any negotiations that would result in a loss of Ethiopian territory. During her reign, Taytu Betul also founded Addis Ababa, which remains Ethiopia’s capital city today. Taytu Betul immediately draws the eye to the red and black pairs of wings that form the basis of the composition: the spiral. It begins at the centre of the work and moves outward, apparently past the picture plane. The momentum that develops as this composition progresses echoes the passion and physical dedication of Taytu Betul who was at the head of her army as they went to war to defend their borders. These wings are complimented by additional arrangements of variously sized, coloured and patterned wings, which form a sort of secondary backdrop to the central action of the work. Taytu Betul stands out from the series for its vigorous attempt to capture the butterflies in their true living form. With the composition resembling an aerial view, the print allows viewers to look downward as the momentum of this pack of butterflies is captured in the spiral and dynamic development of the composition.
Purchase Substrata Artwork Giclee Limited Edition Print on 300gsm Heavy Archival Cold Press Cotton Rag Paper by Pop Culture Graffiti Artist Faile. Edition of 200 + 20 AP Giclée print on paper Signed and numbered by the artists Heavy Archival Cold Press Cotton Rag 300 g/m2 paper 100 × 80 cm 2021