The Spark of an Icon, A behind the scenes look at the Concept Drawings of Dr. Seuss
For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought a visual realization to his fantastic and imaginary worlds. His artistic talent went far beyond the printed page and yet, to this day, his artistic talent is virtually unknown to the general public. Throughout his lifetime, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) created paintings and sculpture. Liss Gallery will share a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss Collection at the Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver. Visitors may explore and acquire works from Dr. Seuss’s best-known children’s books, as well as a mind-expanding collection based on decades of artwork. The concept drawings included in this historic exhibition offer a rare, behind-the-scenes view into Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (aka Dr. Seuss) artistic process. They exemplify the transformative power of ideas and how, in one quick stroke of a pencil, ideas can change the world. With simply a pencil, paper, and his trusted drawing table, these never-before-seen characters passed from the ethereal to the tangible in a series of frenetic, bold, and highly impulsive concept drawings. These were dress rehearsals. They were the first spark of an idea and marked the inception of such iconic characters as The Cat in the Hat, Horton, and Sam-I-am.
Each of these Estate-Authorized limited editions has been adapted and reproduced from Theodor Seuss Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, or sculptures. Additionally, each work bears a posthumously printed or engraved Dr. Seuss signature, identifying the work as an authorized limited edition commissioned by the Dr. Seuss Estate. The exhibit will open on June 20 with three lunchtime tours offered from 12:00 – 1:00 PM PDT on June 23, June 29, and July 06. For more details about the exhibit and art, please visit www.lissgallery.com.