Marilyn, Mickey and ‘Innocence Lost’

This unsettling painting – in which Marilyn’s image is merged with Mickey Mouse – is part of  ‘A Loss of Innocence’, the new exhibition from Costa Rican artist John Paul Fauves, at the Meir Art Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium, Forbes reports. You can view more of Fauves’ work here.

“For me, inspiration comes in a few different forms – but I am constantly perplexed and intrigued with the human population that surrounds me on a daily basis. The inception of this theme ‘A Loss Of Innocence’ stems from watching my son grow up and discover the physical and social aspects of the world. As he ages from a toddler to a young boy, I’ve held onto the idea of his naivete and his inevitable introduction to the dangers of the world. This is why the iconic ‘Mickey Mouse’ is used so heavily throughout the series. Viewing this symbol outside the realm of Disney makes the viewer engage with the familiar image in an unsettling and heavily abstracted background, forcing them to re-think their relationship with the beloved character.”

Ron English: Skin Deep

Ron English, the American ‘guerilla artist’ whose work is said to have inspired Banksy, is the subject of a new exhibition at London’s Lazarides Gallery (running through July 23.)

One of English’s best-known works depicts Marilyn Monroe with Mickey Mouse breasts. “I’m from the lower classes, so I had no exposure to art when I was growing up,” English told The Independent. “All I knew was comic books, Disney and advertising logos …. I’m interested in what images remain, and what gets thrown out and forgotten.”