The Souls

7 October 2010 – 13 November 2010
Solo Exhibition. Paul Stolper Gallery, London, United Kingdom.

Installation view. Photographed by Yuki Shima, courtesy of Paul Stolper Gallery © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

‘The Souls’, published by Paul Stolper and Other Criteria, is made up of images of four butterflies, in 80 colourways, each an edition of fifteen. Hirst explains, “I love butterflies because when they are dead they look alive. The foilblock gives them a feel similar to the actual butterflies in the way that they reflect the light. After ‘The Dead’ I had to do the butterflies because you can’t have one without the other.” 

The prints were hung from floor to ceiling. Hirst explains he wanted to “fill the gallery with butterflies, an idea that I’ve had before. When I think of ‘The Souls’ I think of Judgement Day and Jacob’s Ladder. Many souls work better than one, so to hang them three high in the gallery and use all of the available space is a great way of doing it theologically.” [1]

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘The Souls’ press release (Paul Stolper Gallery, 2010)