One of Britain’s most famous artists, Damien Hirst has collaborated with Disney to create a painting showcasing his unique interpretation of the animation giant’s iconic character Mickey Mouse. Recreated in Hirst’s signature ‘dot painting’ style, the artwork is a minimal take on the anthropomorphic mouse featuring dots of different sizes to represent Mickey’s black ears, eyes and nose, red mouth, and yellow feet. The jaunty representation is a nod to Hirst’s joy a being a kid and is a stark contrast to some of the darker work that Hirst has created in the past. Titled “Mickey” and measuring at about two metres tall by a metre wide, the artwork is rendered on canvas with gloss paint.
The painting will be auctioned off at Christie’s in London on February 13 and the proceeds will go to he Kids Company, a charity that helps vulnerable inner-city children and young people. This is not the first artwork that has been inspired by the popular culture and child entertainment icon; Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg have also offered their takes on Mickey in the past.
Mickey’ will be on display for public viewing as part of Christie’s auction’s pre-sale exhibition from Saturday 8 February.