Set against a vivid blue background and encrusted in glitter, Damien Hirst’s “Mickey” is a playful reimagining of the beloved Disney character “Mickey Mouse.” Here, the cartoon character is reduced to circular forms, continuing the tradition of the artist’s famed spot paintings. For Hirst, the decision to represent Mickey in playful spots was natural as both the form and the subject remind him of his childhood.

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Damien Hirst (b. 1965) is a British artist best known for his leading role in the Young British Artist (YBA) movement of the 1990s. Hirst’s artistic practice varies wildly—from dead animals submerged in formaldehyde, to pristine, ominous medicine cabinets, to the pharmaceutically poppy, menacingly hollow spot paintings—but his key themes are life’s mortality and modern science’s palliative, seductive allure. Rising from the British recession of the 1990s, his middle-class artistic persona melds the antagonism and shock of British punk rock with the showmanship and audacious capitalism of Andy Warhol.

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Mickey (Blue Glitter), 2016
Lot Number 13
Screenprint in colors with glitter on wove paper with full margins
60 x 32 in (152.4 x 81.28 cm)
Edition of 50
10 AP
Signed and numbered in pencil on verso

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Mickey (Blue Glitter)
  • Dimensions
    60 x 32 in (152.4 x 81.28 cm)