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Gary Welton

Gary Welton was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was raised in a creative family environment of visual artists, singers and dancers. He began making artwork inhis early years, and later received a BFA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota under the study of the New York School artist Peter Busa, Herman Somberg and Malcolm Meyers. He has had major exhibitions of his paintings featuring dance and movement worldwide in both commercial and university settings.

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Gary Welton was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was raised in a creative family environment of visual artists, singers and dancers. He began making artwork inhis early years, and later received a BFA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota under the study of the New York School artist Peter Busa, Herman Somberg and Malcolm Meyers. He has had major exhibitions of his paintings featuring dance and movement worldwide in both commercial and university settings.

Welton’s work has been featured in numerous group shows, museums and galleries internationally for over thirty years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and his work was selected for inclusion in the Art in Embassies Program in Reykjavik, Iceland. His work and process - focusing on painting directly from life, using dancers in motion as his primary subjects -has been featured in a variety of articles, television and video productions.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

When I think about my art and what a personal and intimate journey it has been and continues to be, I feel extreme gratitude towards the people who find merit in it. Artists take a risk putting their selves out there, and the fact that people throughout my career were able to receive, recognize and appreciate my art, is an extremely rewarding experience in itself.

Artists are in a constant search for a means of expression that captures the essence of human experience, that thing that we all share and call life. Finding the gesture, the moment and perspective from which people can see and appreciate the beauty of life is of primary importance to me and has been my goal ever since I started making my art. I have always had a keen interest in figurative work and studied the architecture and structure of the image in drawing, painting and sculpture. In 1990 I was inspired by my model’s movements; this resulted in a quick creation of a large painting on paper that was later transmitted onto canvas. Since then, I have always started work with a quick sketch to capture the dancer or model’s movements. This encourages a natural flow of energy in the work and the painting gains a greater resemblance of life. The more a model moves, the more abstract the painting becomes. The rapid flow of the model’s body in motion through time and space encourages me to follow and try to resurrect the dance on the canvas. In the moment, I seek abandonment and yet a captivity.

I’d like to think of myself asa conduit, a transmitter of the dancing model’s energy to the viewer, the final receiver of the experience. This is how we all can share and feel connected. This is my way of finding what it means, this human experience. We, as humans,are all in different places at different times in our journeys. Every single one of us is strikingly unique; however we have something extremely similar that bonds us together – we are all in search of the ever-elusive notion of what it means to be human. I believe that this common thing is what we all try to discover through art in forms of dance, music and literature. These are all different ways to get to the core of the same experience.

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Artwork Collections

Illustiration Art Collection

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.

Bronze Collection

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.

Taxidermy Colletion

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.

 

Secret Art & Archives

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.

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