Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) December 3, 2003
Limited-editions of artwork by the late Mary Blair, the artist and illustrator world-renowned as DisneyÂs most-loved cartoon and animation artist and the subject of the best-selling new book ÂThe Art & Flair of Mary BlairÂ (John Canemaker, Disney Press, 2003), are now available for sale exclusively on the Web at http://www.WorldofMaryBlair.com.
Gleaned from the personal collection of the family of Mary Blair, most of the artworks have never been publicly seen. The vibrant colors and stylized designs of Mary Blair have influenced modern animators who develop fare for The Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, and have received great acclaim from such noted animation art authorities as movie historian Leonard Maltin and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter. As the subject of CanemakerÂs recent book, her unique look and style have been praised in such diverse media outlets as Daily Variety and O, The Oprah Magazine.
Blair, who died in 1978, is noted for an abstract colorful style that pervades Disney animated films from 1943 to 1953 (such as THE THREE CABALLEROS, CINDERELLA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and PETER PAN). A prolific artist, during the 1950s and 60s, she brought eye-appealing flair to children's books (I CAN FLY, which was considered a favorite book of Caroline Kennedy), advertisements, theatrical set designs, and large-scale theme park murals and attractions.
Blair was one of Walt Disney's favorite artists; he personally responded to her use of color, naÃ¯ve graphics, and the storytelling aspect in her pictures, especially the underlying emotions palpable in much of her art. In respect for her unique work, she was handpicked to design the perennially-popular ÂItÂs a Small WorldÂ attraction, now featured at Disney amusement parks around the world.
ÂShe saw the world in a fresh, new way and brought a special childlike beauty and gaiety to the worlds of print, theme parks and movies,Â says John Canemaker, author of the recent book. ÂI feel great pleasure merely gazing at a work by Mary Blair. It's as delicious as feasting on rainbows.Â
ARTWORKS ON SALE FOR FIRST TIME
Works for sale at WorldofMaryBlair.com range from a study based on the Sleeping Beauty film, which Blair had gifted to a favorite nephew, to the irreverent Poker Bears, where a group of teddy bears are discovered playing the card game.
Each print is one of a limited series of 275 (exception is Sleeping Beauty, which is produced in a limited series of 500). Prints are reproduced using the giclÃ©e printing process, which render deep saturated colors and maintain the beautiful painterly quality of the original art. In many cases, the giclÃ©e print may be indistinguishable from the original work. WorldofMaryBlair.com uses long-lasting fade resistant inks printed on fine art archival paper that underscore the richness and vivid colors of Mary BlairÂs work.
Each work is certified by the Estate of Mary Blair as an original Mary Blair work of art or reproduction of an original work of art. Each item is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by MaryÂs son, Kevin Blair. Whenever possible, history or provenance of the artwork is provided.
For orders placed before December 25, 2003, each WorldofMaryBlair.com item will include a special half-size Mary Blair Christmas giclÃ©e print that has been specially-produced for the 2003 Christmas season.
For information on how to buy a Mary Blair giclÃ©e print, please visit http://www.WorldofMaryBlair.com or call +1-408-736-7117.
Mary Blair images are also available for licensing; if interested, please contact Maggie Rich at +1-626-379-7755.