232. Don Ken
Splashing Mickey Mouse (c. 2000)
Signed on the base
Spray-painted metal, H. 48.6 cm
Although the work of Don Ken can be regarded as street art, he did not start his career as a member of a graffiti 'crew' placing 'tags' and 'masterpieces' on trains and walls, but garnered worldwide fame with his fashion photography. In these photographs, often for high-end labels, he was inspired by pop art artists such as Andy Warhol. Inspired much, Don Ken started creating his own art, using cartoon figures from Walt Disney. This soon provoked a lawsuit with a quite fortunate outcome: Ken is now the only artist in the world, allowed to depict Disney's figures in art.
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