When Damien Hirst’s spot-painting of Mickey Mouse is sold, the proceeds will go to Kids Company, a charity for vulnerable inner-city children set up by Camilla Batmanghelidjh. Last week, Hirst spoke to the Guardian about how art saved his own childhood and why it’s so vital for disadvantaged children.
“I’ve always believed art’s more powerful than money”, said Hirst, who first got involved with Kids Company in 2007. He has now become one of its most generous backers. "When I started off, I didn't have much money. I had an interest in art – don't know where it came from – and art helped me get where I've gone. So you do feel you want to give something back," explained Hirst, who admitted, “I think a lot of people will say my work is childish or child-like and I think neither of those things is a bad thing.”
Damien Hirst has joined a select group of artists, including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who have been invited by Disney to recreate the corporation’s most famous mascot. The resulting artwork is expected to reach up to £750,000.
Video Credits: Spin painting footage directed by Nathalie Murphy © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, 2012