Damien Hirst has launched a series of eight cherry blossom prints called The Virtues with contemporary art platform HENI Leviathan. The artworks are each titled after one of The Eight Virtues of Bushidō: Justice, Courage, Mercy, Politeness, Honesty, Honour, Loyalty, Control.
“In 1900 Nitobe Inazō published a book, Bushidō: The Soul of Japan, which narrates for Western audiences the samurai code of ethics known as Bushidō. According to Nitobe, Bushidō literally translates to ‘Military-Knight-Ways’ and lists the ways in which fighting Japanese nobles were expected to maintain themselves in their daily and vocational lives,” described HENI in a description.
For the first time, Hirst is accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment for the prints. “It’s hard for any of us to trust anything in this life but somehow we manage it and we even find love and I love art and I love the crypto world and I am happy and proud to put my belief into Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) and accept them for this drop,” said the artist on Instagram.
The prints are available now on HENI’s website for one week and the number of editions produced will be limited by how many people apply. Those interested are able to purchase a complete set or less. However, purchases are limited to one edition per person. Each edition will be numbered and hand signed by the artist. Prices start at £3,000 GBP (approx. $4,178 USD).