Category Archives: Animation Art

Remembering the Newspaper Art of Nolan Ross

The Park West Foundation hosts events for many charitable organizations each year, generating significant proceeds for many worthy causes. Join us on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Park West Gallery for  the Michigan’s Children Art & Advocacy Benefit, featuring the Cartoons of Nolan Ross.
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Nolan Ross, Park West Gallery, Metro TimesFulgurites, asparagus and zaniness
TRAVIS R. WRIGHT THE METRO TIMES
September 30, 2009

Just open a daily newspaper in any major American city today and you’ll find it’s not just the quality, length and subject matter of the stories inside that’s changed. Where did the creativity go? What about the screwball columnists and cartoonists?

And what would become of an artist like Nolan Ross, a prolific and gifted Detroit Free Press cartoonist and graphic artist from 1972 to 1988, in today’s dailies? Ross’ work is visually reminiscent of Robert Crumb’s pen work, but less subversive, given the subject matter, which ranges from property tax and schizophrenia to Coleman Young, from the Detroit salt mines to Alan Greenspan and asparagus.

In 1997, Ross, 54, succumbed to his battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease — a genetic brain disorder often confused with Alzheimer’s disease — but not without leaving a legacy of work. Nolan Ross’ brother Carter, two years his elder and the first of three to study at the renowned Interlochen Center for the Arts, has more than 1,000 pieces from his brother’s career, many of which will be exhibited for sale at the Park West Gallery in Southfield for one night only on Oct. 3; proceeds will benefit the advocacy group Michigan’s Children. His work has never been exhibited before. . . 

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Michigan’s Children Art & Advocacy Benefit at Park West Gallery
Featuring the Cartoons of Nolan Ross
Details: Saturday, October 3, 7-10pm.
Tickets : $75/person. Beverages and hors d’ oeuvres will be served.
Reservations: Visit www.michiganschildren.org / Call 517-485-3500.

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Artist Birthdays, July 28: MARCEL DUCHAMP, JIM DAVIS

MARCEL DUCHAMP (July 28, 1887 – October 2, 1968)

  • Nationality: French
  • Field: Painting, sculpture
  • Art Movement: Dadaism, Surrealism, Cubism
  • ARTiFact: Was obsessed with the game of chess - a fascination which distressed his first wife so much that she glued his chess pieces to the board while he was asleep.
  • Artist Quote: “Art may be bad, good or indifferent, but, whatever adjective is used, we must call it art, and bad art is still art in the same way as a bad emotion is still an emotion.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): Fountain, 1917.

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JIM DAVIS (July 28, 1945 – )

  • Nationality: American
  • Field: Cartooning
  • ARTiFact: His comic strip Garfield  – a character named after his grandfather James A. “Garfield” Davis and based on the 25 cats he grew up with on the family farm - made its debut in newspapers in 1978.
  • Artist Quote: “Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): The first Garfield comic, 1978.

Jim Davis. Garfield. © 1978 PAWS, INC. All Rights Reserved. 

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Disney Museum to Open Fall 2009

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Walt Disney is a global brand with film studios and theme parks bearing his name, but now his family are unveiling a museum to tell the story of the animation pioneer they say has been lost behind the trademark.

The Walt Disney Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1995 to promote education and the study of Disney, will open the Walt Disney Family Museum on October 1 in San Francisco.

“My father’s name is probably one of the most well-known names around the world, but as the ‘brand’ or trademark has spread, for many, the man has become lost,” Disney’s daughter and museum founder, Diane Disney Miller, said in a statement.

The museum will trace Disney’s life from his birth in Chicago and childhood in Missouri to his move to California in 1920s, where he married and his animation career took off with the creation of the “Mickey Mouse” character.

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An “Animated” Park West Art Auction at Sea with Disney Artist, David Willardson

By Erin,
Cruise Ship Art Auctioneer

© Collectors Editions. All Rights Reserved. © Disney.

© Collectors Editions. All Rights Reserved. © Disney.

Considered one of the finest galleries afloat, the Celebrity Infinity always hosts an amazing art collection. Still what a surprise, when in anticipation of a visit from world renowned Disney artist, David Willardson, the gallery came alive as never before – one might say it was down-right animated.

After 17 years of drawing for Disney, Willardson is now affiliated with the world’s largest art dealer, Park West Gallery, and remains an aficionado in depicting classic characters: Mickey, Minnie…as well as feature friends: Bambi, Snow White, Lady, and of course, her Tramp alike.

While many Infinity cruisers are familiar with fun and fast paced Park West auctions, few could have imagined a more friendly surprise than what seemed like the whole of Disney setting out to greet them on the first night of their Alaska bound cruise. One even quipped in passing, “I did get on the Celebrity ship…right?”

Assuring onlookers that this was in fact, the happiest gallery on the high seas, David Willardson, accompanied by his Grammy-nominated girlfriend, Michelle Shocked, were among the first in an anticipated string of artist sailings, each of which ensured the cruise crowd an art experience to write home about, or even hang on the wall.

How did it all begin? Willardson left no rock unturned in his live and packed interview on the first sea day of the voyage. Recorded and widely broadcast aboard ship, the interview offered astonishing insight into the early beginnings, as well as the current buzz, of Willardson’s brilliant career.

Raiders of the Lost Ark Fresh out of art school, David Willardson manifested his own destiny in designing the first Indiana Jones Logo for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Further success followed with his design iconology for American Graffiti. One of the first artists actively airbrushing as a means to bring his talents to life, Williardson cast his careful eye over friends and role models he had met as a child, the Disney family.

Rendering characters in an entirely new way, David Willardson seems to have opened an adult channel leading back to our childhood wonders. The stiffest of guests couldn’t help but smile as they strolled past vibrant walls. International guests seemed enchanted as well – one man from Bombay stopped to admit, “I love the duck (referring to Donald)…and the bear (referring to Pooh).”

Even the Infinity’s esteemed captain took an interest in the visit, inviting Willardson to the bridge. In the midst of viewing Hubbard Glacier and after detailing a short list of other famous names his ship has ferried throughout a long career, he exclaimed “…And now I’ve met the man who draws Mickey Mouse!”

Obviously a crowd pleaser, this special cruise marked a double highlight for Willardson himself – celebrating his first Alaska venture and his 66th birthday. Though the birthday event wasn’t made common knowledge throughout the ship, the festivities took place in the art gallery and were open to the public. Passers-by found themselves invited to share in the swing-time exhibition of Willardson cutting a rug with his sweetheart, to rousing Route 66 and other birthday tunes provided by the onboard acapella singers. A birthday cake, compliments of the ship and complete with a strange but appreciated pink Donald Duck, also made the rounds of any and all interested parties.

Like the dizzying, but delightful effect of spinning teacups, the party continued for the duration of the cruise.

A front row guest at auctions, David Willardson took the stage whenever one of his artworks appeared for purchase to shed light on insider origins, meanings and techniques. In particular, families embraced this enriching array of paintings and original creations in serigraphy, lithography and other media. Upon purchase, the most common dedication request dictated that the new family heirloom be earmarked “For Posterity.”

An international art star, David Willardson’s patience never wavered. The artist even went so far as to pop works out of frames and add additional hand-painted embellishments to graphic works. He invited handshakes and long conversations. He offered advice to burgeoning artists and extended a drawing class to all the children aboard the ship.

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© Collectors Editions. All Rights Reserved. © Disney. Based on the "Winnie the Pooh" works by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard

Not to be outdone, heartfelt applause also surrounded the steps of Willardson’s right hand gal, musician Michelle Shocked. Together for 6 years and very obviously in love, David and Michelle are a tag team of art and entertainment. Shocked was awarded a Grammy for her amazing song, aptly named: Anchorage. Already impressed by their luck in sailing with the likes of Willardson, Infinity cruisers must have made good on the power of wishing stars, as Ms. Shocked graciously agreed to a double-feature, matinee performance – she would sing and he would paint. And it proved to be the concert event of all cruises anywhere.

Fabulous, fascinating, multifaceted, the Celebrity cruise hosting David Willardson provided a unique experience across the board. Brought together by a common love of art or animation or even just idle curiosity, guests found enrichment, entertainment and opportunity in abundance. Converted into a collector or not, those who ventured to the Willardson events appreciated their encounter. Willardson too, it seemed, enjoyed his stay.

A future cruise may be in the works, but more important, Park West shows no signs of flagging in this amazing purpose to clear the air of the art market, expose common stogy myths and in general demystify for the common man the joyful purpose of collecting fine art. In following this mantra for 40 years, it’s little wonder that the gallery stands today at the head table of this art world banquet, and how lucky for clients or cruising vacationers to reap the benefits of the resulting (cruise favorite) feast.

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Winnie the Pooh and Park West Too!

On this day - October 14 - A.A. Milne’s famed children’s story Winnie-the-Pooh was published for the first time in 1926!

The adventures of cute, cuddly Winnie-the-Pooh bear and his friends – Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Tigger, and Piglet – are still enjoyed today by young and old.

© Disney. Based on the "Winnie the Pooh" works by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard

© Disney. Based on the "Winnie the Pooh" works by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard

Why not collect something special for your “Hunny”?! Contact  Park West Gallery Sales for details on our limited-edition Pooh and friends etchings and production cels.

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Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown and SnoopyOn October 2, 1950 the Peanuts comic strip debuted in 7 newspapers.

The popular comic strip featuring Charlie Brown and his gang of friends - Snoopy, Woodstock, Franklin, Lucy & Linus van Pelt, Peppermint Patty and Sally Brown – is one of the most influential and admired series of its kind.

 

View selections from the  Park West Gallery Animation Collection

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