Lost in Love, 2005



Lost in Love
1524 x 1067 mm | 60 x 42 in
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2006
Galeria Hilario Galguera, Mexico City, Mexico


This ‘Fact’ painting depicts one of Hirst’s studio assistants installing the ‘Natural History’ work ‘Love Lost’ (2000) – a vitrine which contains a gynaecologist’s office submerged in water housing shoals of African river fish.

Hirst began work on the ‘Fact’ painting series in 2000 – his goal being to attempt to reproduce photographs in precise, realistic detail through the traditional medium of oil on canvas. The paintings explore our relationship with imagery. Hirst explains: “I want you to believe in them in the same way as you believe in the ‘Medicine Cabinets’. I don’t want them to look clever, but to convince you. The painting process is hidden as it is in my work ‘Hymn’ (1999 - 2005), which looks like plastic, but is bronze underneath.”[1]

‘Lost in Love’ exemplifies the attempt this series makes to explore the nature of our relationship with imagery, in that the piece is a painting of a photograph of an artwork. As Hirst explains: “Art has been in a constant battle for hundreds of years with every other kind of image-making […] newspapers are supposed to be about facts and truth, and you believe you get a true view of the world from these images when you don’t: they’re completely fake.”[2]

The painting was included in Hirst’s exhibition of new work at Galería Hilario Galguera in Mexico in 2006 titled 'The Death of God'.

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Interview with Damien Hirst’, Sarah Kent (Time Out, November 2006)

[2] Damien Hirst cited in ‘Interview with Damien Hirst June-September 2006’ Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘In the darkest hour, there may be light: Works from Damien Hirst’s murderme collection’, (Serpentine Gallery/Other Critieria, 2006) unpag.