Category Archives: Animation Art

Salvador Dali and Disney – a match made in art

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Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney by the beach in Spain, 1957. Photo courtesy of TheDali.org.

Of all of the outlandish and amazing artwork that Surrealist Salvador Dali produced during his lifetime, perhaps the most unique and unlikely of them was his partnership with Walt Disney.

Yes, Disney – the man responsible for beloved characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck – not only worked together with the eccentric Dali to create the animated short film “Destino,” but the two developed a lasting friendship.

The Dali Museum and the Walt Disney Family Museum are inviting guests to explore this eyebrow-raising alliance with its “Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination.” The show will run from July 10, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at the Disney museum in San Francisco, California, and from January 2016 to June 2016 at the Dali museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The exhibition is a multi-media adventure, using original paintings, story sketches, archival film, photographs and more to show the artistic prominence of these vastly different icons, as well as how they partnered together for a project and came away as friends.

Despite their differences, these renowned visionaries had much in common (aside from impressive mustaches). As the Huffington Post points out, Disney, born in 1901 in Chicago, and Dali, born three years later on May 11 in Catalonia, both began drawing at an early age. They both became innovative promoters with limitless imaginations that blurred the lines between dreams and reality.

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The Dalí and Disney families around the dinner table in Spain, 1957. Photo courtesy of TheDali.org.

These two minds came together while at a party at Jack Warner’s house (of Warner Brothers Studio) in 1945. Disney and Dali began talking – Dali considered Disney a Surrealist – and the two decided to create a film together. In 1946, Dali would visit Disney Studios, and in eight months, created 22 paintings and more than 135 storyboards, drawings and sketches. About 20 seconds of animation were created as well.

Unfortunately, destiny intervened in the form of post-World War II changes and other commitments, and the project was shelved. Five decades later, Disney’s nephew, Roy E. Disney, was inspired to complete the project while working on “Fantasia 2000.” With the help of three-dimensional computer technology, “Destino” was released in 2003, kept as close to the original vision as possible.

The film – a short six minutes and 40 seconds – is the story of Chronos, the personification of time, pursuing a mortal woman. No dialogue is spoken. Instead, only the yearning Mexican ballad, titled “Destino,” by composer Armando Dominguez accompanies this blend of Disney animation and Dali artwork. The original segment of animation is included, seen about five minutes into the film featuring two tortoises.

Of course, Disney and Dali had different views of the plot. Dali called the film “a magical exposition on the problem of life in the labyrinth of time.” Disney, however, decided it was “a simple story about a young girl in search of true love.”

Upon its release, “Destino” received several accolades, including an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film (2004) and a Certificate of Merit from the Chicago International Film Festival (2003).

Park West Gallery is proud to offer “Destino” artwork so collectors can enjoy a part of this historic partnership. Contact our sales department for more information.

The Art of Comic-Con 2012

San Diego Comic-Con 2012The eagerly anticipated 43rd annual Comic-Con International took place this past weekend in sunny San Diego, CA. (We were surprised to learn that the popular event was first held back in 1970, making it just about the same age as Park West Gallery!) Known for its devoted fans, Comic-Con is an annual conference allowing people to connect with artists, actors and creators of content they love through interviews and panels.

Once seen as an obscure event just for die-hard comic and anime fans, Comic-Con has blossomed into a mainstream event with the increasing popularity of sci-fi and fantasy genres. With big budget comic book-based movies, like “Iron Man” and “The Avengers” becoming so mainstream, production studios have begun to use Comic-Con as a marketing opportunity, helping to make this event—dare we say—cool.

Amid movie stars and writers, however, the art that originally drew so many people to Comic-Con is still showcased. Artists’ Alley is the section of the conference that gives attendees the chance to meet creators and purchase art directly from their favorite artists.

It seems like now, more than ever, comics have a huge impact on pop culture as we know it. But comic book art has actually been around for some time. In fact, the first comic book appeared in 1933 and comic strips were around for decades before. Loveable iconic characters like Garfield, Little Lulu, and Blondie all got their start in comics.

"Batman and Robin" (2009), Leslie Lew, Park West Gallery

If, like us, you were unable to attend this year’s Comic-Con but want to experience the art of comic book superheroes, take a look at the Park West Gallery Collection online. Aside from a wide array of animation art, Park West Gallery also offers a number of works by artists like Leslie Lew, whose layered oil paintings of superheroes and pop culture characters are a must-see for any comic enthusiast.

Are you a fan of comic book art? Have you ever attended Comic-Con? Share your experience with us in the comments below.

Disney Selects Noah as Official Artist of D23 Expo

Park West Gallery congratulates the artist known simply as Noah, on being chosen as this year’s Official Artist of Disney’s D23 Expo! Noah Fine Art is available for purchase through Park West Gallery and its cruise art auctions. For more information, please visit The Park West Gallery Collection.

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According to the Disney release: “Remember… it all started with a Mouse is a tribute to Walt’s legacy and visionary imagination. As part of this year’s D23 Expo, Disney Consumer Products commissioned local artist Noah to create an iconic graphic celebrating this year’s themes. In exquisite detail, Noah has captured the joy and laughter that come from Walt Disney’s ever-familiar and contagious smile. By carefully selecting a beautiful palette of colors, he cleverly reveals this year’s celebrated Disney film anniversaries, which include One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast.”

For the past decade, Noah has continued to magically interpret Disney characters through his unique style, which has become a favorite among Disney collectors worldwide.

In the following video exclusive, Noah talks about his inspiration for this very special commission. Watch as the artist brings the magic of Disney to life…

> For more information about the artist Noah, please visit NoahFineArt.com.

> The D23 Expo will be held in Anaheim, California on August 19-21, 2011. For more information, please visit  www.D23Expo.com.

Art Students Enjoy a Lesson on Dali & Disney’s ‘Destino’

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park west gallery cares, clarenceville high school, morris shapiroJust before the start of summer vacation, Livonia’s Clarenceville High School art students were treated to a special guest lecture by Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro.

The art lesson focused on the unprecedented surrealist masterpiece, Destino, a most unique collaboration between American animator Walt Disney and Spanish artist Salvador Dali.

Students enjoyed watching the Oscar nominated animated film Destino and learning about its history through an exclusive  recorded interview between Park West Gallery and Roy E. Disney, who championed the project’s completion.

The art class was further enthused by the opportunity to view various graphic works of Destino from the Park West Gallery collection, each created from Dali’s original artwork and storyboards.

At the end of the day, Park West Gallery distributed art goodies for everyone — small tokens of appreciation for the students’ enthusiasm for studying the arts.

> Learn more about Destino at www.parkwest-destino.com
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Park West Gallery is committed to art enrichment and community outreach, having donated thousands of new items of clothing, works of art and books to charitable and educational organizations nationwide. To nominate a charitable organization in your community that would benefit from the Park West Gallery CARES philanthropic initiative, please send your submission to pwgcares@parkwestgallery.com.

Park West Gallery Summer Sale Now Online

Park West Gallery Summer Sale

With graduation and wedding season in full swing and Father’s Day right around the corner, the Park West Gallery Summer Collection was put together with the discriminating gift-giver in mind!

 The collection is currently featured online and boasts an array of fine artwork, high-end designer jewelry, Japanese woodcuts and animation art, all of which are being offered at exciting sale prices now through August 15th.

Customers may also view the Summer Collection at Park West’s elegant, museum-style gallery in Southfield, Michigan while enjoying the 3 ½ acres of sculpture gardens and luxuriant grounds that surround it.  

Detail from Debats by Linda Le Kinff.More than 300 artworks from some of the world’s greatest artists are featured in the Summer Collection including old and modern masters Picasso, Miro, Rembrandt and Salvador Dali as well as contemporary artists Dominic Pangborn, Yaacov Agam, Alfred Gockel, Csaba Markus, and Peter Max. A variety of media are available including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works.

Gold Tanzanite Ring. Aussie O Collection.Fine jewelry from high-end designers such as Erte, Aussie O, Roberto Coin, and Yvel is also featured. While the collection is diverse, all of the jewelry has certain qualities in common such as superb craftsmanship, timeless characteristics and unique design.

Detail from Actors by Kuniyoshi.The Japanese Woodcuts in the Park West Gallery Summer Collection were created in the 1800s and early 1900s and provide a glimpse into the rich history of Japan. The subject matters depicted include: kabuki (depictions of actors from the Edo period, during which the theater was both fashionable and popular); sumo wrestling (viewed by the Japanese to be equally spiritual and physical); the Tale of Genji (perhaps the first complete novel which was written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu in the eleventh century); Bijn-Ga (meaning pictures of beautiful women); and breathtaking floral designs.

Bugs with Carrot. McKimson Productions.Also featured is a portion of Park West’s expansive animation collection including works featuring lovable Looney Tunes, Disney, and Hanna-Barbera characters. Limited edition cels, lithographs, hand drawings, and production cels make up this special offering.

View the Summer Sale Collection at sales.parkwestgallery.com

Gallery Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday-Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 11am-6pm

Call toll-free: 800-521-9654 x4; Canada/Int’l: 248-354-2343 x4

Email: sales@parkwestgallery.com

Don’t forget about Mother’s Day!


Mother’s Day is right around the corner; this Sunday, May 9, people all over the country will be showering their mothers with gifts and affection. Did you pick up something special for Mom yet?

If not, we have you covered; Park West Gallery has put together a special collection of fine artwork and designer jewelry at exciting sale prices that is sure to please everyone on your list this Mother’s Day.

Created by old and modern masters as well as contemporary artists, this collection boasts an array of fine artwork including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works.

Fine jewelry from high-end designers such as Erté, Lumiere, Diara, Roberto Coin, and Gatto Luciano is also being featured. While the collection is diverse, all of the jewelry has certain qualities in common such as superb craftsmanship, timeless characteristics and unique design. 

Just in case your mom is more of the animation and/or sports memorabilia type, Park West is also featuring portions of both our animation art and sports memorabilia collections at a discount.

Animation works featuring lovable Looney Tunes, Disney, and Hanna-Barbera characters are currently being featured. A selection of signed photographs and sport-specific memorabilia as well as hand-signed Muhammad Ali collectibles exclusive to Park West Gallery round out the offering.

View the Park West Gallery Sale Collection at sales.parkwestgallery.com or call 800.521.9654 to speak with knowledgeable art consultants.
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Park West Gallery Spring Sale Now Online


With spring and all its special days (think Easter, Mother’s Day, and graduation parties) right around the corner, the Park West Gallery Spring Collection was put together with all your gift giving needs in mind!

 The collection is currently featured online and boasts an array of fine artwork, high-end designer jewelry, sports memorabilia and animation, all of which are being offered at exciting sale prices now through May 14th.

More than 300 artworks from some of the world’s greatest artists are featured in the Spring Collection including old and modern masters Durer, Miro, Goya and Renoir as well as contemporary artists. A variety of media are available including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors and drawings, hand-signed limited edition etchings, lithographs, serigraphs and hand-embellished graphic works.

Fine jewelry from high-end designers such as Erte, Lumiere, Diara, Roberto Coin, and Gatto Luciano is also featured. While the collection is diverse, all of the jewelry has certain qualities in common such as superb craftsmanship, timeless characteristics and unique design.

A portion of Park West Gallery’s extensive sports memorabilia collection has been incorporated into the Spring Collection. A selection of signed photographs and sport-specific memorabilia are included in the offering as well as hand-signed Muhammad Ali collectibles exclusive to Park West Gallery.

Also included in the Spring Collection are animation works featuring lovable Looney Tunes, Disney, and Hanna-Barbera characters. Limited edition cels, lithographs, hand drawings, and production cels make up this special offering.  

View the Spring Sale Collection at sales.parkwestgallery.com

Gallery Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10am-6pm; Thursday-Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 11am-6pm

Call toll-free: 800-521-9654 x4; Canada/Int’l: 248-354-2343 x4

Email: sales@parkwestgallery.com

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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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