The Disney animators are like many of the great Renaissance artists, smaller names working under the banner of a big name. Marc Davis is one of those smaller names, but his individual name is so prevalent in the Disney lexicon that he deserves more recognition than he gets. Not just an animator, his creativity is present in the Anaheim park as well, and now that I know who he is and what is in his portfolio I appreciate the little bits of his skills all the more. He is responsible for many animal characters, as he had a fondness for drawing animals in zoos; though he did get pulled into animating humans as well. I love the fondness he had for animating villains, as they are always more multidimensional than the damsel in distress. Some of my favorite pieces of his work have nothing to do with his animations though, I love the work he did on the actual rides at Disneyland in Anaheim. Specifically The Pirates of the Caribbean ride; he designed this painting that appears as a mural at the ride.
He was also responsible for most of the little bits of humor that make the journey through the Pirate Cove so much fun.
This series of videos on Marc Davis is a more complete picture of the man than I can paint though.
Saturday, May 4
Yayoi Kusama, who is now 84 years old, is an integral part of the Western world's art community. As noted in Wikepedia, "A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde." She has obviously seen a lot in her time on this earth and has collaborated with a wide variety of people/organizations including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs. In this exhibit at the Tate in London, she chose to collaborate with the general public.
Tuesday, March 19
I have no desire to be verbose today; I'm in the middle of training a new teller at the bank, which means that I have been talking ALL day about bank policy, federal regulations, customer relations and other such riveting things. When I leave the bank on days like this I just want to go to Jazzercise where I can zone out and sweat to pop music, then eat a protein rich dinner, and relax at home while I silently look at pretty pictures online. Oh look...pretty...fashion inspired by Pablo Picasso paintings... For more information on the artist, Eugenio Recuenco, you can visit his website here.
Friday, February 8
“I remember when I first moved here I would bike around and take pictures, documenting what I was seeing. And somehow my observations were translated into big attitudinal, self- content gorillas. I think this character is my reflection on these real basic behaviors you can see in humans.”More of her work can be seen on her website here.
Saturday, February 2
Messy Nessy Chic, photos from a speak easy tree house in Washington DC in the 1920s. This is the bohemian office space of my dreams! Artists that gather to paint, open space, a fun place for people to gather and have a drink or two. I can picture myself perched up in that tree house with my laptop and a mug of coffee in the morning, watching animals in the yard, or relaxing at night and star gazing.
“Krazy Kat in 1920 was a Bohemian joint in an old stable up near Thomas Circle where artists, musicians, atheists, and professors gathered. Miraculously the structure still stands, five blocks from the White House, as a gay bar called the Green Lantern. “ – Independent Gay ForumIf I'm ever in DC I absolutely want to visit this place.
Thursday, January 24