The 2Wild collaboration was born when brother and sister duo, Barak and Miri Rozen vain, each a successful and popular artist on their own, decided to join forces on a collaboration that changed their lives forever.
The 2Wild collaboration was born when brother and sister duo, Barak and Miri Rozenvain, each a successful and popular artist on their own, decided to join forces on a collaboration that changed their lives forever.
Since childhood, Barak and Miri shared a studio and helped each other grow as artists. They traveled often as a family and were equally inspired by natural and cultural landscapes. Visiting art shows, galleries, and museums enriched their artistic development, while enjoying national parks, uncharted beaches, and encounters with wildlife inspired their minds, focus, and mission. This love and passion for nature and the outdoors became an integral part of the artists’ identities. Expressing their passion for the natural world through innovative and unique combinations of contemporary media quickly became the artists’ mission.
The artists are inspired by the impressive North American wilderness, often making its landscapes and wildlife the subject of their work.2Wild approaches painting through a contemporary lens, capturing their impressions of the natural world from roaring waves to sublime mountainscapes. The viewers can picture themselves in these dreamlike moments of action and adventure, rendered through gestural contours, drips, and palette knife butterflies. The artwork speaks to nature’s adaptability and timelessness, and our innate connection to it. Each one of the 2Wild paintings is teeming with emotion, telling tales of wonder and excitement, with a mission to preserve nature's legacy and elevate the outdoor experience.
Creating the 2Wild artwork is a fluid and always evolving process. Detailed brush and palette knife work is enriched with contemporary mediums such as shattered glass, resin, collage media, and plexiglass. The use of transparent plexiglass as a “canvas” in their fine art creations, quickly became one of 2Wild’s most iconic features. The transparent nature of the material allows the artists to paint on both sides of the glass achieving impeccable depth, and seamlessly merging the artwork with the interior in which it is displayed. Similar to the dialogue created between the space and the artwork, a captivating play between word and image is fostered using carefully curated collage media. This creates a form of storytelling, conveying the artists’ message, and cultivating a perfect setting for the subject matter.
2Wild blends traditional and contemporary art elements into a seamless reflection of joy and happiness. Using vibrant butterflies as a symbol of nature’s lightness, elegance, and resilience, the artists infusetheir paintings with the values of freedom, joy, and timelessness. Whether it’s a kind bear waking up in spring amid fluttering colorful butterflies or a surfer propelled by a wave of butterflies, the message is loud and clear. Go out there and be wild!
Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.
Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.
Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.