Psalm: Confitebor Tibi

Damien Hirst
Psalm: Confitebor Tibi
screenprint
2009

An original hand-signed Damien Hirst screenprint print.

2009

Original screenprint in colors with diamond dust on wove paper

Hand-signed in pencil lower center Damien Hirst, also bearing the artist’s blindstamp in the sheet lower right

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 50, numbered in pencil lower left. Published by Other Criteria, London, bearing their blindstamp in the sheet lower left.

24 1/8 inches (diameter)

Sheet Size: 29 1/8 x 28 1/8 inches

Confitebor Tibi belongs to Damien Hirst’s "Psalm" print series. The compositions in this series derive from the famous larger gloss paintings with butterfly kaleidoscopic collages. Hirst started using butterflies as a medium in his work as early as 1989. Describing the insect as a ‘universal trigger’. The “Psalms” form part of the Kaleidoscope series, conceived by the artist in 2001 after he found a Victorian tea tray decorated with intricate patterns of butterfly wings.
Everyone’s frightened of glass, everyone’s frightened of sharks, everyone loves butterflies.

– Damien Hirst
The Latin subtitle Confitebor tibi (meaning “praise to you”), is a summary of Psalm 9, which begins: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works” (Psalms 9:1 King James Version). Interestingly, however, Hirst’s subtitle does not accord with any line in the text – it appears to be the artist’s own invention. Confitebor tibi does not in any case appear in the Vulgate translation, the standard Latinate Bible.

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