The ‘Entomology Painting’ previously viewable on the live studio feed is complete and a timelapse film of its installation is available

Entitled ‘Capaneus’, it has now been replaced on the studio view with one of Hirst’s newest series of ‘Pie Chart Paintings’.

‘Capaneus’ (2012). Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012

31 August 2012

The ‘Entomology Painting’ that has been under fabrication in Hirst's studio for over a month is now complete. A timelapse film of the process is available on the Live Feed page. The painting was made by placing hundreds of insect and beetle species into household gloss paint in intricate geometric patterns, similary to Hirst’s iconic series of ‘Kaleidoscope’ pieces which use butterfly wings instead of insects. The work’s title derives from Dante’s ‘Inferno’ which recounts how the warrior king Capaneus is struck down with lightening and thunder bolts by the angered deities whom he has held in contempt. Dante's account originates from the Latin epic poem ‘Thebaid’ in which it is described how, body and helmet aflame, Capaneus falls from the walls to the ground below where he lies outstretched, ‘his lifeless body as immense as that of a giant.’