frame: 907 x 662 x 38 mm
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
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.