Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Life and Legacy of "The Grande Dame" Mary Blair - Centennial Exhibition in Japan

Who doesn't know her? Who hasn't been taken by storm by her stunning colors, characters and design? Her sense of storytelling. Timeless. She is truly one of the big female voices of her time and ours and continues to inspire and influence artists in Animation and Illustration all around the globe.
Thank you, Madame! You have certainly inspired me.

Studio Ghibli is the curator of a Centennial Exhibition in Japan commemorating the 100th anniversary of Mary Blair's birth. The exhibition is titled "Mary Blair-Life Choices, The Work of a Mother". It already started in Tokyo on April 28, 2011 and will travel to Sapporo, Osaka, Niigata, Nagoya, Nagasaki and more cities over the next three years. There are over 180 works on display. It will be a one of a kind event. And this show will hopefully bring joy and hope to Japan in this difficult time.

Also invited to participate in this show were a few artists from around the world whose work is influenced by Mary Blair. These are the participating amazing artists: Daisuke Tsutsumi, Lou Romano, Rebecca Dautremer, Loreley Bove, Ralph Eggleston, Peter Chan, Ricky Nierva, Soosa Kim, Ben Butcher, Kendal Cronkhite and Bob McKenzie (and more). Well, and - I still can't believe it - I was invited too. It is such an honor.
My piece (see above) is an homage to Mary Blair as an artist and woman and to Alice in Wonderland--an illustrator's dream.

To read more about the event:
The Mainichi Daily News
Japan celebrates 100 years of Mary Blair's birth - Cultural bridge - People Forum