Edition of 50
54 x 54 Inches
Beautiful Mickey by Damien Hirst (Copy)
In 2012, Damien Hirst was invited by Disney to create an artwork inspired by Mickey Mouse. The first work titled “Mickey Mouse”, was auctioned at Christie’s, London, on 13 February 2014 in aid of Kids Company, a charity Hirst has long supported, raising almost 1 million British pounds. Since then, Hirst continues to make extraordinary works featuring this classic World adored icon.
Beautiful Mickey by Damien Hirst
“The thing about Mickey is that even though he’s gone through so many shifts in form and association, he’s timeless. In a way he means the same in the 21st century as he did decades ago. I watched the cartoons as a kid, and my kids watch them too. He’s relevant because he’s remained so culturally ingrained and he still just looks so great. The way children are entertained today has obviously changed dramatically, but kids are still kids, and love the same things.
It’s using simple means to capture the very essence of his form solely through the power of colour. I love that the imagery is so powerful that it only takes twelve different coloured dots to create something so instantly recognizable.”
— Damien Hirst, quoted in interview December 2013
“To create that structure, to do those colors, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of color.”
Damien Hirst was born in 1965 in Bristol and grew up in Leeds. In 1984 he moved to London, where he worked in construction before studying for a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths college from 1986 to 1989. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1995.
Since the late 1980’s, Hirst has used a varied practice of installation, sculpture, painting and drawing to explore the complex relationship between art, life and death. Explaining: “Art’s about life and it can’t really be about anything else … there isn’t anything else,” Hirst’s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience.