Damien Hirst Mickey (blue glitter)
Damien Hirst first began to work with the image of Mickey Mouse in 2009, at the invitation of Walt Disney Studios. Hirst created a Mickey that reimagines the iconic character with Hirst’s famous dots. “It’s using simple means to capture the very essence of [Mickey's] 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 recognisable,” said Hirst. The artist follows in the footsteps of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg, who have all painted the iconic mouse during their careers.
“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.”
The original painting of Mickey Mouse was sold for nearly 1 million dollars in February 2014, all of which went to the charity Kids Company. Hirst has been very financially supportive of Kids Company, who provides art therapy programs for inner city kids in poverty. He has a close relationship with the charity’s creator, who regularly reaches out to him for donations, volunteering and to share inspirational stories. Like the teenager who was inspired by his famous skull piece For the Love of God and created his own art using skulls as a way to talk about all the hard things he has been through. Hirst said “I'm aware that I make things for people to hook on to and connect to, but it's vague in my mind, so when you hear about a specific which is definite and somebody connects to it…"
Mickey (blue glitter) by Damien Hirst is an original screenprint with encrusted glitter. Mickey (blue glitter) is signed on the back and is an edition of 67 out of 150. For more information about Damien Hirst screenprints or Mickey (blue glitter) please contact the gallery. Call for Value.
Salvador Dali St. George and the Dragon
St. George and the Dragon by Salvador Dali is an original etching on J. Whitman wove paper. The classic interpretation of the "St. George and the Dragon" legend is commonly seen as the saint's battle against heresy and evil. St. George being the guardian angel of Aragon and a celebrated saint of chivalry throughout medieval Europe.
In the Georgian narrative, a town's small lake was infested with a plague-bearing dragon who was poisoning the countryside. To appease the dragon, the people fed it two sheep every day. When they ran out of sheep they started feeding it their children, chosen by lottery. One time the lot fell on the king's daughter. The king, in his grief, told the people they could have all his gold and silver and half of his kingdom if his daughter were spared; the people refused. The daughter was sent out to the lake, dressed as a bride, to be fed to the dragon.
Saint George by chance rode past the lake. The princess tried to send him away, but he vowed to remain. The dragon emerged from the lake and Saint George charged it on horseback, seriously wounding it with his lance. He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle, and he put it around the dragon's neck. When she did so, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash. The princess and Saint George led the dragon back to the city, where it terrified the populace. Saint George offered to kill the dragon if they consented to become Christians and be baptised. Fifteen thousand men including the king converted to Christianity. George then killed the dragon. The king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George on the site where the dragon died and a spring flowed from its altar with water that cured all disease.
In this original etching, St. George is gallantly riding his horse as he strikes the dragon down with his lance. The beautiful line work and cross hatch detail of St. George and the Dragon makes this etching an impressive sight. St. George and the Dragon is hand signed in pencil, referenced in Field 47-1, and is an edition of 250. For more information about Salvador Dali or St. George and the Dragon please contact the gallery. SOLD.
Roy Lichtenstein Crak!
The image of a beret-clad woman shooting a rifle was taken from the comic “Star Spangled War Stories” issue number 102 by Bob Haney and Jack Abel. Lichtenstein replaced the mound of sand with what seems to be a stack of sandbags. He also changed the color scheme and isolated the figure by cropping in on the foreground and background elements.
According to the Lichtenstein Foundation, Crak! was used as a marketing poster to announce Lichtenstein's second solo exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, September 28 – October 24, 1963. The 1963 exhibition included Whaam!, Drowning Girl, Torpedo...Los!, Baseball Manager, In the Car, and Conversation.
Crak! by Roy Lichtenstein is an original lithograph on lightweight wove paper. Crak! is hand signed in pencil and referenced in Corlett II.2. For more information about Roy Lichtenstein or Crak! please contact the gallery. Call for Value
Andy Warhol Siberian Tiger
Siberian Tiger by Andy Warhol is from the Endangered Species portfolio. The portfolio was commissioned by philanthropists and gallery owners Ronald and Frayda Feldman to raise awareness and fundraise for conservation efforts.
Siberian tigers have a beauty and regalness that is recognized in many different cultures. The Tungusic people considered the Siberian tiger a near-deity and often referred to it as "Grandfather" or "Old man.” The Manchu considered the Siberian tiger as Hu Lin, the king. The most elite unit of the Chinese Imperial Army in the Manchu Qing Dynasty was called "Hu Shen Ying,” translating to "The Tiger God Battalion.”
Siberian tigers are distinguishable by their striped fur. Similar to people’s unique fingerprints or an original screenprint, no two tigers have the same striped pattern. Siberian tigers differ from other tigers because they have fewer, paler stripes, and they also have manes. The boldness of the Siberian tiger can be seen in this original Andy Warhol signed screenprint, hand signed and numbered from the edition of 150, through the bright contracting colors that radiate off the image.
Siberian Tiger is a screenprint on Lenox Museum Board. This piece is referenced in Feldman II.297 and is hand signed in pencil. For more information about Siberian Tiger or Andy Warhol please contact the gallery. Call For Value
Corneille Memoire de Cuba 5
“I am a painter of joy,” Corneille said at a 2007 exhibition of his work at the COBRA Museum. Corneille Guillaume Beverloo was best known for radicalizing the conservative Dutch art world in the early 1950s, making modern art not only acceptable, but embraceable as well. He placed familiar subjects — birds, cats, women and landscapes — in mythological and often childlike contexts, imbuing them with spontaneity and bright, sensual reds.
COBRA was the name of the art collective founded in 1948 by artists from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. They wanted to create art that was more free and expressive than methodical surrealism. Corneille was inspired by artists like Paul Klee and Joan Miró, who he discovered while browsing in a bookshop.
It wasn’t always pure joy, however. COBRA went to Amsterdam for a huge exhibition in 1949. The press was outraged. The daily paper Het Vrije Volk headlined its report "Botch, blotch, and splotch" and fistfights broke out in the audience during a modernist poetry reading (Corneille was one of the COBRA poets), almost like the glory days of Dada after the end of the first world war.
Corneille continued to practice painting and printmaking throughout is whole life. This silkscreen, Memoire de Cuba 5 was created in 2005, 5 years before is passing. Memoire de Cuba 5 is a romantic silkscreen featuring a bird and a peacock—some of his most iconic subject matter. The inspiration from his travels to Africa, Mexico, San Fransisco is seen in the colonial architecture and bright exotic birds.
Memoire de Cuba 5 by Corneille is an original silkscreen and is hand signed. For more information about Memoire de Cuba 5 or Corneille please contact the gallery. $995 framed