Kevin Box was conceived in New Mexico, born in Pennsylvania, grew up in Oklahoma and received his higher education in Georgia, New York City and Texas. He now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Jennifer. As a boy he lived in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, beneath “the tree that escaped the crowded forest,” Frank Lloyd Wright’s only built skyscraper. Throughout high school Box studied graphic arts and apprenticed summers at an Uncles design firm in Atlanta Georgia. It was in there that Box’s passion for creativity was developed, where he formed his relationship with design and with paper.....
Kira was born and raised in Central California. After high school, she moved to Southern California, where she completed her Masters level education in Social Work. Throughout this educational process, Kira worked within the fields of Human and Social Services, and continued to do so until September of 2006, when she chose to embark upon her journey as one of today's most celebrated sculptors on a full time basis.
As a first generation descendant of Armenian immigrants, Kira was raised with an acute consciousness and compassion for the human condition. Coupled with her 15 year career as a Social Worker, Kira's insight and inspiration as an artist have come from the ever-present witnessing of this plight of the human spirit. The situations Kira has visited, and the lives that she has been asked to effect change and growth within, have nurtured within her an inconsolable compassion for the unsolicited emotion of the human condition itself.
Kira attributes a great deal of her unyielding determination and perfectionism as a sculptor to her greatest mentor and teacher, Richard MacDonald, whose encouragement has given her the courage necessary to pursue her passions without hesitation. Kira is also the Founder and Director of the non-profit organization Clay Kids for Health, where she holds workshops for hospitalized, abused, and neglected youth within Orange County and other parts of the world. Through the carefully constructed therapeutic landscape of her program, Kira sculpts with children of all ages in order to bring joy, relief, and healing into their challenging day to day lives.
In addition to showing her works of art in fine art galleries throughout the United States, Kira has also received international recognition as one of the greatest contemporary sculptors in the world, and continues to have museum exhibitions throughout Italy and parts of Europe. As an internationally acclaimed artist and avid humanitarian, the purpose of Kira's work is to represent the ultimate, uncensored human expression, and its struggle between what is seen as the perfection of Heaven, and what is known by so many as the strangely opposing debilitations of the physical world. When asked where this journey may indefinitely lead her, Kira explains that as long as there remains a need for the compassionate expression her experiences have afforded her somewhere in this world, she will continue to share her impassioned interpretation of the human condition, through her service to humanity and through this timeless medium of the sculpted form.
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.