Damien Hirst releases rainbow prints for charity, featuring coloured butterfly wings
The artist Damien Hirst has unveiled new limited-edition rainbow prints today to support NHS Charities Together and London-based charity The Felix Project during the Covid-19 crisis. The works are digitally made up of bands of photographed coloured butterfly wings, one of the artist's best-known motifs.
Called Butterfly Rainbow and Butterfly Heart, they're available to buy through HENI Editions from now until midnight on Monday 25 May. Each artwork is available in two sizes and priced at £300 and £1,000 respectively.
"I wanted to do something to support the many people who are risking their lives to help those in need during this time of crisis," says Hirst. "The rainbow is a sign of hope and I'm so pleased to release these prints to help fund the brilliant work being done by NHS staff across the country, and to raise money for The Felix Project, who are ensuring food is delivered across London to those who need it the most."
Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together, adds: "The rainbow symbol has really struck a chord with so many people as a message of hope and solidarity, I think it's fantastic that we can now buy a print from such an amazing artist knowing the proceeds are going to support NHS staff, volunteers and patients."
A poster of Butterfly Rainbow can be downloaded from Damien Hirst's website and displayed in people's windows to show their appreciation for NHS staff and other key workers. While a poster of Butterfly Heart can be downloaded from the Evening Standard's website to show support for their Food for London Now campaign.