World renowned as an artist and sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiglieri has creations gracing the most prestigious museums and art collections around the world.
World renowned as an artist and sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiglieri has creations gracing the most prestigious museums and art collections around the world. His work is in The White House, Vatican, Kremlin, and the Royal Palace in Madrid to name a few, and his sculptures and paintings have been presented to Ronald Reagan, Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth, and Luciano Pavarotti. Lorenzo was raised in Southern California by his Italian sculptor father and French artist mother. He grew up in a world of ethnic blends that enriched his understanding of world culture. After receiving formal art training, he continued on his own to study the Old Masters. At the age of 17 he was awarded a prestigious art scholarship. When he was 20 he was working on national accounts. And by age 22 he was commissioned to paint what became a gift from the United States to Great Britain for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Over the next few years, Lorenzo won numerous national awards in design and illustration and, after a nationwide search, was invited to paint scenes for the international biblical epic, Earth: Theater of the Universe. During this two-year period of solid devotion, he produced a spectacular 100-foot rendition of Earth’s history according to biblical tradition that incorporated nearly 400 figures, most of which were posed and painted from life. The results of his inspirations have thrilled thousands who have attended gallery and screen presentations of his work.
From the trenches of the marble quarries with Michelangelo to the expanding frontiers of America, the Legacy of the Ghiglieri name continues today with the prodigious sculptor and painter Laran Ghiglieri. He follows in the tradition of his Great-Grandfather Battista Ghiglieri, who carved the regal marble lions that herald the edifice of the NYSE, and his Grandfather Angelo, whose colossal marble sculpture of a Franciscan Priest is located in Bakersfield, CA. And most recently his prolific father Lorenzo, who, in the spirit of peace, presented his Holiness Pope John Paul II, the King of Spain, and former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev with his conception of St. Francis of Assisi in bronze.
Laran brings his own unique sense of artistry that both complements his lineage, and allows his own vision to shine through in his work. His precision and attention to detail make his sculptures and paintings stand out among other artists. He began creating master works when he was only eleven years old, and under the guidance of his father, has collaborated, created, and co-produced hundreds of paintings and sculptures, including contributing to many spectacular monuments throughout the United States.
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.