Mickey Mouse has had his “portrait” painted by many popular artists over the years. Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and now British artist Damien Hirst has offered up a minimalist rendering of our favorite mouse.
Damien Hirst worked with Disney to create a one-of-a-kind rendition of Mickey to be sold at auction at Christie’s, with proceeds going to the charity Kid’s Company. “Mickey” will be on view to the public leading up to the February 13 auction.
“Mickey Mouse represents happiness and the joy of being a kid and I have reduced his shape down tot he basic elements of a few simple spots” Hirst said of his interpretation of Mickey. “I hope people love it, because it is still instantly recognizable–Mickey is such a universal and powerful icon.”
Camila Batmanghelidjh, Founder and Chief Executive of Kids Company says of Mickey “In cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse [children] find a friend… Damien Hirst to the children of Kids Company has been a genuine hero. He has mobilized resources to help transform lives by offering children a brighter future.”