88 x 70cm
Silkscreen print with glaze on paper
250 + 10 AP
Signed & numbered on the front
In 2012, at the invitation of Disney, Damien Hirst used Mickey Mouse as the subject for one of his iconic Spot Paintings. Here he followed in the footsteps of artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg in paying homage to one of Disney’s best‐loved characters.
Hirst’s interest in Mickey’s enduring status as an entertainment symbol only grew in the years following this initial invitation. He went on to produce more paintings and prints of the character in signature styles such as his Spots and Spins, which include this famous silkscreen edition ‘Mickey’ from 2014.
On this work the artist has stated: “Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid and I have reduced his shape down to the basic elements of a few simple spots. I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognisable ‐ Mickey is such a universal and powerful icon.”
Most recently Hirst immortalised Mickey and other Disney characters as totemic, quasi‐religious bronze sculptures which were lost to the sea for thousands of years and salvaged for his ground breaking 2017 project ‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’.