The Tears of Jesus, 2003 - 2005



The Tears of Jesus
2003 - 2005
1930 x 1524 mm | 76 x 60 in
Oil on canvas
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2005
Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street, New York, United States


‘Tears of Jesus’ was one of the first 32 ‘Fact’ paintings to be included in ‘The Elusive Truth’ exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, New York, in 2005. The painting takes as its subject a detail from ‘The Void’ (2000), Hirst’s stainless-steel pill cabinet. Of the work, Hirst writes: “Drug companies make a lot of money. We’re buying what they’re selling in bulk, even though it’s not quite doing what it says on the packet. They’ll be telling us that pills are the tears of Jesus next. It’s our bodies that are beginning to feel like merchandise.”[1]

[1] Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst, ‘The Elusive Truth’ (Other Criteria/Gagosian Gallery, 2005), unpag.