One of my favorite films growing up was the MGM classic The Wizard of Oz. Long before the instant accessibility of watching films on DVD or cable, I would anxiously wait each year for the film to air on TV.
The excitement and joy of watching this movie year after year never faded for me, getting whisked away from Kansas inside the cyclone and transported into the land of Oz was sheer magic. As an adult I have a newfound appreciation for this cinematic jewel. No high tech CG needed here as the cast and musical score create all the magic on the screen.
Visually the Wizard of Oz is in a league of it’s own, I love the use of colors in the sets, background art, makeup, costumes and of course those ruby slippers!
When I was invited by the Chuck Jones Gallery, in affiliation with Warner Brothers, to participate in the 75th anniversary celebration of the film I was over the moon. I created two illustrations based on my favorite characters, Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West. I love the contrast between the two witches with Billie Burke so deliciously bubbly-sweet and Margaret Hamilton evil as can be with her green skin and pointy black hat. I titled my pieces for the exhibition “Glitz and Goodness” for Glinda and “Wickedness” for the Wicked Witch of the West for obvious reasons.
My Oz artwork debuted in September of 2013 as part of a group exhibition at the world premiere party for the rerelease of the film in 3D at the TCL Chinese Theater, formerly Garuman’s, in Hollywood. It was great to exhibit my drawings side by side with such a diverse group of talented artists, all our styles so different spinning a different perspective on the film and it’s characters.
The highlight of the event for me was getting to see the film on the big screen in 3D. I will admit I am not a big fan of 3D films but getting to see the Wizard of Oz in IMAX was incredible! To a certain extent, it was like watching the movie for the first time. I got to experience so many details I had missed out on before and everything was in such high resolution and so vivid! Awesome!
After the premiere party the Oz art exhibition made it’s way to the Chuck Jones Fine Art Gallery in Costa Mesa and then to the San Diego Chuck Jone’s Gallery. What a great way to celebrate the anniversary of a film that is so near and dear to my heart and has inspired my art in many ways.
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