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With his iconic status, universal appeal and ability to emotionally connect with generations of people all over the world, Mickey Mouse has inspired many world-renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg. British artist Damien Hirst is the latest to follow in these famous footsteps with his very own interpretation of Disney’s best-loved character.

Damien Hirst was invited by Disney to create a unique piece of art that combines the fun and energy of Mickey Mouse with Hirst’s own unique style. The artist took inspiration from Mickey’s round shapes and created “Mickey”, household gloss on canvas, 1829 x 1054 millimetres.

Damien Hirst Mickey Mouse

 “Mickey” will be auctioned in aid of the charity Kids Company as part of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, which will take place at Christie’s headquarters (8 King Street, St. James’s, London) on Thursday 13 February at 7pm. “Mickey” will be on view to the public as part of the auction’s pre-sale exhibition from the 8 until 13 February 2014.

Kids Company is a charity which Hirst has long supported. Based in London and Bristol and established in 1996, it provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people.

Carlotta Saltini, Vice President, Marketing, Mickey Mouse and Friends, for The Walt Disney Company EMEA says: “Damien Hirst’s “Mickey” painting is a great example of a modern, innovative and creative interpretation of the world’s most famous mouse whose never-ending appeal spans across generations of audiences. We’re also thrilled that this collaboration will benefit vulnerable children and young people.”

Damien Hirst comments, "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 Mouse is such a universal and powerful icon."

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Founder and Chief Executive of Kids Company says: “Maltreated children often feel very alone.  Having been victimised, they lose their sense of power and potency.  In cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse they find a friend, sometimes a protector and the hope that one day they’ll leave the harm they have endured. Damien Hirst to the children of Kids Company has been a genuine hero.  He has mobilised resources to help transform lives by offering children a brighter future.”

Francis Outred, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe adds: “As an icon of cartoon and consumer culture and one of the classic designs of the twentieth century, Mickey Mouse has provided inspiration to generations of great artists from Roy Lichtenstein, whose 'Look Mickey' was arguably his first piece of Pop Art, to Andy Warhol, who idolised him in his 'Myths' series, as well as Claes Oldenberg to name but a few. Damien’s is an exciting and hugely significant addition to this rich artistic vein of Mickey depictions. Taking his own universally recognised painterly language – the spots – and applying it in a striking yet simple composition to Mickey, the resulting image speaks of the profound way that both icons have entered our collective consciousness. We look forward to exhibiting the painting in London, and to offering it at the Post-War and Contemporary Evening Auction in February. We are honoured to play a part in raising funds for such a worthy cause as Kids Company.”

Collaborations with artists, designers and visionaries started with Walt Disney himself. He pushed the boundaries and expectations to create spectacular new things and many “firsts”, such as the first full-colour feature-length animated film and the first theme park. And following the company’s founder’s passion for art and creativity, The Walt Disney Company continues to encourage collaborations with contemporary artists.


In 1954 Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí collaborated to produce Destino, a short animated film. Walt Disney famously commented on collaborations by stating: “You’re a genius. I’m a genius. So imagine what we can do together.

Andy Warhol’s Mickey Mouse interpretation is particularly iconic and belongs to a portfolio of ten screen prints called ‘Myths’ published in 1981. The series is based on different characters from American pop culture which have become icons and have defined generations.


Damien Hirst has designed this year's Brit Award and as expected, you couldn't mistake it for anyone else's design.

Hirst has simplified the shape and added his trademark multi-colour polka dots. We do wonder whether by now these polk dots are getting a little lazy but they do continue to be eye catching.

For the 2011 BRITs, the idea of a 'blank canvas' trophy was unveiled, and since then, Dame Vivienne Westwood (2011) and Sir Peter Blake (2012) have given the BRITs statue a makeover.

This evening sees the launch of The BRIT Awards 2013, with an exclusive Nominations event at The Savoy Hotel in London. Yesterday it was confirmed that the 2013 Critics' Choice winner, Tom Odell, and singer/songwriter Jessie Ware will perform at the event. Tonight will also see Tom Odell receive his award from 2012's Critics' Choice winner, Emeli Sande.

It was recently announced that a new award is being introduced to the categories this year - the BRITs Global Success Award. This will be received by the act with the highest international sales achieved during the 2012 calendar year. These figures exclude UK sales. The BRIT Awards 2013 will also see the return of the British Live Act award - for the first time since 2009.

Damien Hirst's Verity … 'A bit rude … a bit weird.'A little while ago we wrote about Hirst's new Verity Statue, A rather Dali-esque bronze figure of a woman that was to be placed in South England.

Now it has found a home in Ilfracombe, North Devon and people are still very unsure of what to make of it.

With one half of it fully flesh covered and the other half showing all the anatomical details of a pregnant body the piece looks very much as though Hirst has been taking some inspiration from artist Jason Freeny who has been creating half anatomical models for some time now. Jason's models are very collectable and include all sorts of well known characters like My Little Pony and Barbie.


The statue, we suppose does show the beauty of womanhood in a way, but many feel that the 20m-high statue of a naked woman yielding a sword is ugly with one passer by commenting that it was "A bit rude, a bit weird,".

Whatever your thoughts our thought is that Jason Freeny should be getting some sort of recognition as if the barbie below was holding a sword in the air and sprayed gold you could barely tell the difference!

It's no secret that Hirst uses many people to help construct his works and often simply has the idea and then farms it out to his workshop to complete, but whether he would go so far as to get another artist to work for him who knows.

Barbie-Anatomy-Jason-Freeny- like the verity statue



damien hirst's Closing Ceremony flagAs billions of people all over the world tuned in to watch last night's Olympic Closing Ceremony they would have seen a fresh take on the Union Jack flag.

What they might not have realised is that the new design was created by internationally known artist Damien Hirst.

Using his signature spin painting style the flag was projected on to the Olympic Stadium while acts such as Ed Sheeran, The Who and Tinie Tempah performed.

Despite receiving controversy throughout his career Hirst has still managed to maintain his legacy as one of the best known and highest earning artists of the 21st Century so we guess it made quite a lot of sense to see his work incorporated into an event that was essentially celebrating Britishness.

Check out the flat in the image above.

A group of artists have redesigned the classed deck of cards for a new exhibition at A&D Gallery in Marylebone.

A Portfolio for the Hip (Pocket) is a new exhibition which explores illustrated and limited edition decks of cards created by artists from 1979 - 2005. To celebrate the exhibition the gallery ask contemporary artists including David Hockney, Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst to create their own deck of cards which will be available to buy from the gallery. The idea is that you buy a framed card from the pack but you'll also get the rest of the pack with your purchase too so you can swap the framed card over whenever you like.

Running between 24th July - 30th August and A&D gallery can be found at 51 Chiltern Street, London W1.

A Portfolio for the Hip (Pocket) card decks

A Portfolio for the Hip (Pocket) card decks

A Portfolio for the Hip (Pocket) card decks

A Portfolio for the Hip (Pocket) card decks

A Portfolio for the Hip (Pocket) card decks