Lately, there's more to DreamWorks Animation than the blockbuster features and art books. With the recent formation of DreamWorks Animation Fine Art, works from the movies hang in galleries all over the country (including the Van Eaton in Sherman Oaks, CA and Animazing in New York) along with more interpretive pieces. Plus a "Get Animated" exhibition of concept art, models and maquettes from DreamWorks films just left the Sacramento State Fair as a traveling show.
Defending the Gates from Scott Sherman is iconic yet transcendent in its own right. All images courtesy of DreamWorks Animation Fine Art.
"There's visual imagery created for these films that no one gets to taste other than in an art book or the Shrek ride at Universal," suggests KC Sanders, owner of the Ogden, Utah-based Sanders Art Studio, producer of the works and the exclusive global licensee of DreamWorks Animation Fine Art. "What we get to do is bring these films into guest's homes.
Sanders, who started out working with Disney years ago, realized that there were untapped possibilities with DreamWorks, so they've begun by utilizing works from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Bee Movie, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon and the upcoming Megamind.
"We work closely with each production of the film," Sanders continues. "They've selected and approved the images that we have. One part of our business is that we take the conceptual art and screenshots from the films and the production teams work closely with us to approve those images. The other side of our business is we do interpretive art. And we have a wide range of artists because we are the global publishers. We have artists in China, Australia, the UK and Canada. What DreamWorks has allowed us to do -- and we are hoping that they will allow their artists to work with us sometime in the future -- is take some internationally renowned artists that have worked with the Walt Disney Co. or Warner Bros. or who have a gallery presence right now and take the DreamWorks characters and interpret them into different pieces. It comes down to DreamWorks characters in new settings."
Gingy in stained glass by David Bird
is a unique piece of mixed media.
The interpretive art ranges from vintage posters to Picasso-esque re-imaginings of Shrek. The majority of art produced from DreamWorks images is highly collectible, according to Sanders, with limited editions running as high as $8,000 per print.
"Tim West is a paper sculpture artist and he does a one-of-a-kind paper sculpture of Po from Kung Fu Panda," Sanders adds. "The originals are in our gallery in Utah, and we have some other originals that are available for sale in about 50 galleries across the country or on our website: http://www.dreamworksanimationfineart.com/servlet/StoreFront