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Damien HIRST Vespula Vidua  (2011)

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Available mid March, more images to follow. Original screenprint in colours with glazes on Somerset Tub sized paper. Signed Damien Hirst in pencil lower right and numbered from the limited edition of 100 lower left (there were also ten artist's proofs). Published by Other Criteria, London, with their and the artist's blindstamp. Comes with bill of purchase from Art Republic, Brighton.

Print is in excellent condition, float framed in a white box frame and ready to hang. Frame size: 103cm x 122cm. Vespula Vidua is a variation on the artist's very famous Spot paintings, differing from many of the other works in its muted colour palette which we think is absolutely to die for. Large, eyecatching and instantly recognisable, and guaranteed to be a talking point wherever it is hung.

The majority of Damien Hirst's Spot works are named after pharmaceutical and chemical products giving them a slightly menacing, as well as a dangerously attractive, air. But there was also a small series named after insects, and Vespula Vidua, or widow yellowjacket is a species of stinging wasp, the specific name vidua being Latin for 'widow', possibly a reference to the largely black coloration of this species compared to other yellowjackets. This species is a member of the Vespula rufa species group, and is considered strictly predatory. Also slightly menacing and dangerously attractive...

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