Art Historians have long debated on which is the oldest art form. Was it man, using fingers to draw in the dirt, or was it the use of actual dirt, clay, blood, berries, and ash to decorate the body? One thing historians can now agree on is that this ancient art form known as bodypainting is also paradoxically contemporary art’s newest and most brilliant arrival. Revived by the famed artist Craig Tracy, bodypainting has taken on a whole new meaning. Artists throughout the centuries have painted, sculpted and interpreted...
Art Historians have long debated on which is the oldest art form. Was it man, using fingers to draw in the dirt, or was it the use of actual dirt, clay, blood, berries, and ash to decorate the body? One thing historians can now agree on is that this ancient art form known as bodypainting is also paradoxically contemporary art’s newest and most brilliant arrival. Revived by the famed artist Craig Tracy, bodypainting has taken on a whole new meaning. Artists throughout the centuries have painted, sculpted and interpreted the human form but none have physically used the human form as their fine art medium, until now.
Craig Tracy’s “canvas” is primarily the human body and often combines a painted backdrop with a painted body, using the combination to complete the artist’s vision. Masterful photography captures and translates his work to us, sharing that one fleeting moment , “the click of the shutter”, when his original painting existed. All of his images are true to the moment for which they were created as he does not retouch or manipulate his images in any way. In addition, the artist chooses to use a different body for each painting making each of his pieces a true individual expression.
Born and raised in New Orleans, It was at the early age of five that Craig first realized that he was and always would be an artist. After graduating with honors from the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute, Craig further explored his talents and inspirations. Being highly influenced by surrealists such as Salvador Dali, fantasy artists Boris Vallejo, Frank Frazetta, and fine artist Chuck Close. Craig’s love of the human form and his desire to be truly creative lead him to experiment with actually painting on the human body. “I find the traditional canvas to be more utilitarian rather than creative. Every human body is different and offers endless possibilities. This is in stark contrast to painting on yet another rectangle that is flat, fabricated, boring, and always devoid of life.”
His innovative works are now shown and sold throughout the world. His style is ever evolving with each and every piece he creates. Many of his recent works are literally “painted alive” on location in the galleries that represent him.
Craig Tracy You never know what he will paint next, in fact……….. it may be you.
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.