Disney artist David Willardson has opened his pop art exhibit, "Still Laughing" The showing opened on March 4, 2004 at SoHo's Animazing Gallery, located at 461 Broome Street (between Greene and Mercer Streets). The show will be in the gallery for a few months.
"I dont believe that my work should be considered Pop Art," said Willardson. "Its not just about bringing mass media into the art world in this case. Its about evoking memories of your childhood and bringing joy back to life in which we often forget as a society that is always on the move."
Willardson refers to his work as "Pep Art," decribing it as art that brings energetic color and a vigorous graphic painting style together while melding with modern pop culture and mass media. He began his career in entertainment art with the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK movie logo and the classic AMERICAN GRAFFITI car hop. He was commissioned to paint the major movie posters for Disney movies such as BAMBI, CINDERELLA, SNOW WHITE, THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN and THE LION KING. With Disneys support his first gallery exhibition in the United States at Animazing Gallery last year launched a successful international tour, with two sold out shows in Japan.
Animazing Gallery features the finest collection of animation art from all the major studios including Disney and Warner Bros. In addition to Chuck Jones, THE SIMPSONS and SPONGEBOB; pop art by contemporary masters are showcased by artists such as THE PEANUTS Paintings by Tom Everhart as well as works from Dr. Seuss and Charles Schulz.