DISNEY'S ICON, MICKEY MOUSE, GOES POP!
The latest Swatch collaboration with Disney & the Keith Haring Studio celebrates the iconic 1980’s New York social activist and pop-artist, renowned for his revolutionary and provocative graffiti-esque pictograms, lines and symbols.
The result is a Swatch collection featuring Disney’s Mickey Mouse reimagined by late Haring’s signature aesthetic, vibrant energy and colors. This drop marks the brand’s second release with Keith Haring. Swatch watches transform Keith Haring’s work and Mickey Mouse into wearable art. ECLECTIC MICKEY, MOUSE MARINIÈRE and MICKEY BLANC SUR NOIR truly radiate the happiness of this iconic mouse!
The Mickey Mouse X Keith Haring collection by Swatch is available as of 7th January 2021.
Mickey Blanc sur Noir
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Keith Haring was born in Pennsylvania in 1958 and raised by his mother Joan Haring, and father Allen Haring, an engineer and amateur cartoonist, along with his three sisters. He discovered a love for drawing at an early age and studied commercial art from 1976 to 1978 at Pittsburgh's Ivy School of Professional Art before dropping out.
“...My father made cartoons. Since I was little, I had been doing cartoons, creating characters and stories. In my mind, though, there was a separation between cartooning and being an ‘artist’...”
In 1978, Haring moved to New York City, home to a thriving underground art scene, as a scholarship student at the School of Visual Arts.
Riding the subway, he noticed empty black advertising panels on station walls. Using white chalk, he began filling these with his signature bold lines and images. These soon attracted New York commuters and the city authorities' attention: Haring was arrested for vandalism on numerous occasions.
Eventually, Haring’s work was seen everywhere, from public murals and nightclubs to galleries and museums worldwide and helped fund children's literacy projects and AIDS awareness initiatives. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1990, at age 31.
“Art is life and life is art”