Oil on canvas, triptych

228.6 x 152.4 cm (90 x 60 in.) (each)

On a large triptych, a scene with sinister details unfolds before the viewer’s eyes. Black crows cross a red-walled room. Translucent skeletons are in the background. Citrus fruits and a knife are on folding chairs. Pills are strewn on the floor next to a pack of cigarettes and a glass of wine. The painting’s central element is an animal skull with a piercing red sun, floating like an evil spirit.

True to his usual themes, Damien Hirst shares his vision of life, death, religion and art in a triptych recalling Francis Bacon’s work. Insomnia (2009) features elements that disrupt his quiet nights: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or possibly grief.

Hirst's painting, which is part of the Pinault Collection, was presented in 2014 at the "Art Lovers" exhibition at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.
Damien Hirst's other artwork