Daily Archives: November 18, 2009

Park West Gallery Wishes Mickey Mouse a Happy 81st Birthday!

A most iconic figure in the world of animation turns eighty-one-years-old today. Park West Gallery would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to one of our favorite Walt Disney characters – Mickey Mouse!

It was on November 18, 1928 that Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with synchronized sound, was released. Beloved by those of all ages since his debut, Mickey Mouse has inspired artists of all genres to capture his image in their artwork. “Pep Artist” David Willardson began studying Disney imagery at an early age and pop culture icons like Mickey have been his muses ever since.

To celebrate Mickey Mouse’s birthday, please enjoy Park West Gallery’s exclusive video of David Willardson in his studio, discussing his artwork, Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. You can find more exclusive videos of Willardson and other Park West Gallery artists at the Park West Gallery YouTube channel.


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Artist Birthdays November 18 – SIR DAVID WILKIE

SIR DAVID WILKIE (November 18, 1785 – June 1, 1841)

  • Nationality: Scottish
  • Field: Painting, printmaking
  • Art Movement: Genre Painting
  • ARTiFact: His genre paintings achieved such success that when exhibited in the Royal Academy exhibition of 1822, Chelsea Pensioners Reading the Waterloo Despatch had to be protected by barriers from the crowds of admirers.
  • Artist Quote: “I now see how superior painting from nature is to anything that our imagination, assisted by our memory, can conceive.”
  • Notable Artwork (shown below): Chelsea Pensioners Reading the Waterloo Despatch, 1822.

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