Mickey Mouse
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Mickey Mouse 1982
  • Artist Rooms
This image of the Disney character Mickey Mouse belongs to a portfolio of ten screenprints called 'Myths' published in 1981. The series is based on characters from American Popular culture which have become icons, defining different generations. It includes the likes of Superman, Dracula, Santa Claus and Uncle Sam. All the prints are inlaid with diamond dust, a by-product of making of industrial-grade diamonds. It is sprinkled on to the ink whilst still wet, creating the effect of a shimmering surface, reminiscent of the gold leaf Warhol used in the late 1950s. Warhol also produced a series of paintings based on the Myth characters.

Glossary Open

Icon

A devotional image, usually depicting Christ, the Virgin Mary or a saint, traditionally associated with the Byzantine, Greek and Roman Orthodox Churches. By extension, it is used to denote an important and enduring symbol.

Portfolio

A group of art works, by one or more artists, issued or housed together in a portfolio case. This often applies to photographs or prints, and portfolios often include a title page or introductory text. The term is also used to describe a group of works which exemplify an artist's work overall.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Icon, Portfolio, Print, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00335
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 84.20 x 59.40 cm (framed: 90.70 x 66.20 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008