The Art of Andrea Alvin: Andrea Alvin art and exclusive interview

By Leslie Combemale | April 2, 2021

Andrea Alvin comes by her strong sense of nostalgia honestly. Born in 1947, she grew up in 50s Fresno, California, which she says was ‘always a little backward, always a little late in everything. If you wanted hip and new, you had to go to LA.” There was a candy store around the corner from …

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Jim Salvati: Disney Fine Artist, Film Concept Artist, Art Professor, Chill Surfer

By Leslie Combemale | March 5, 2021

Jim Salvati is doing the artist thing the right way.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the artists I know during this pandemic. Of course I’m thinking of artists of all kinds, including actors, musicians, and filmmakers, many of whom haven’t worked regularly in what is now over a year. There are also visual artists …

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Disney and Star Wars Concept Artist Bill Silvers interview and art collection

By Leslie Combemale | November 27, 2020

Disney and Star Wars concept artist William Silvers, ‘Bill’ to his friends, has the sort of Olympic level of chill a traffic controller would envy. He looks like a surfer that just stepped out of a particularly bitchin’ wave. The only time he doesn’t have a mellow smile on his face is when he’s concentrating …

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The Art of Willow and Willow movie poster art by John Alvin

By Leslie Combemale | October 29, 2020

With the exciting news that a Willow tv show is officially happening at the Disney+ streaming service, and starting production next year, I thought it might be a great time to look back on the beautiful illustration art created for the original John Alvin Willow posters. The art represents many different aspects of what made …

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Cats Don’t Dance: John Alvin and Original Production Backgrounds

By Leslie Combemale | September 23, 2020

We just got two gorgeous Cats Don’t Dance original backgrounds. I knew John Alvin did Cats Don’t Dance production art. He created the movie poster, so I started researching about the history of the flick when we found the backgrounds. I watched the movie, and read up on this poor under-appreciated cat-centric cartoon.  This overlooked …

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An Interview with Disney Artist Tim Rogerson, & 10 Things you didn’t know about Tim

By Leslie Combemale | July 24, 2020

There are few artists I’ve enjoyed working with more than Disney interpretive artist Tim Rogerson. He is not only one of the most successful artists in the Disney Art Program, selling out his editions and originals at the Disney parks and around the world, he’s one of the most joyful, optimistic people I’ve ever met, …

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Batman Original Production Backgrounds from the Animated Shows / Interview with BTAS Background Designer Don Cameron

By Leslie Combemale | July 10, 2020

We were thrilled when, this week, we happened upon a gorgeous little collection of Batman original production backgrounds. These are from The New Adventures of Batman and Batman Beyond, and they are exquisite. One of them is over 28 inches long… Holy Priceless Collection of Etruscan Snoods! We’ve been working to find key set-ups and …

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The New Looney Tunes Cartoons show, Bugs Bunny’s 80th, Looney Tunes Production Cels, and voice artist Eric Bauza

By Leslie Combemale | May 25, 2020

Looney Tunes and Bugs Bunny are forever entwined. His 80th birthday is coming up, and we must start celebrating early! But once again this week, I am unexpectedly and accidentally timely with my subject matter. The premiere of HBO Max on May 27th means the release of their new show Looney Tunes Cartoons coincides with …

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Harry Potter Day, Harry Potter Art, COVID, Kindness, and Contributions

By Leslie Combemale | May 5, 2020

After all is said and done, Harry Potter is about love. It’s about tolerance and hope and acceptance and teamwork.  One of the things that has struck me in the last few days, with HARRY POTTER DAY (the anniversary of The Battle of Hogwarts), is how inspiring the stories of Harry Potter are right now, …

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The Story of The Iron Giant, John Alvin, Brad Bird, art, and a pandemic.

By Leslie Combemale | April 21, 2020

What do Vin Diesel, Sylvia Plath, Gun Control, Pete Townsend, John Alvin, and The Sixth Sense have in common?  They are all connected in some way to cult classic and critical darling The Iron Giant, which was famously successful Pixar exec Brad Bird’s directorial debut, back in 1999. At the time, it was a flop. …

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Animation Artist Bob Singer: Cartoon History-Hanna Barbera and Warner Brothers Artist and his art

By Leslie Combemale | March 31, 2020

When the weirdest, and I’d even say craziest thing that’s happened in our lifetime happened, and a disease started sweeping the world, as an art gallery and small business owner I started thinking about how we’d weather the storm, yes, but I also considered all the artists that we work with who also survive and …

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Hearts With No H8: Andrea Alvin Paints Valentine Treats for Tolerance

By Leslie Combemale | February 1, 2019

Andrea Alvin, is known for capturing a moment, a piece of nostalgia, or a remembrance. Her work evokes the feelings that “I remember having that,” or “that was my favorite”…Now she is blending her love of nostalgia and her passion for tolerance with a new series called “Hearts With No H8”. Her recent designs based …

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Artist Insights: Andrea Alvin talks about her new work “Samuel’s Candy Canes”

By Leslie Combemale | December 3, 2017

I have enormous respect for contemporary artist and former partner in Alvin and Associates with famed cinema artist John Alvin, Andrea Alvin, and so I spoke to her about her great new piece, Samuel’s Candy Canes. She has been actively working as both a commercial and contemporary artist since the 70s. With her partner John, …

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New Art Outsiders Limited Editions Released! Prince, Grace Jones, Albert Einstein, Alan Turing

By Leslie Combemale | November 23, 2017

We are pleased to announce new Art Outsiders limited editions! Available now at the gallery just in time for the holidays, are images by Tennessee Loveless from the Art Outsiders, including titles: Prince / High Priest of Pop Alan Turing / Codebreaker Billie Holiday / Lady Day Grace Jones / Love to the Rhythm Albert …

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The Art of Tennessee Loveless 10x10x10 book releases October 31st!

By Leslie Combemale | October 4, 2017

We are thrilled there is a new retrospective about Tennessee Loveless and his 10x10x10 series, The Art of Tennessee Loveless, releasing on October 31st.  It’s the first ever Disney publishing release featuring an out LGBTQ artist! Edited, with some notes by, and with the book authorship credited Disney insider Dave Bossard, it shows all 100 …

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Jim Salvati- Painting, Music, Morrissey, and The Image Projects: The Musician’s Image

By Leslie Combemale | April 6, 2017

Jim Salvati, who i’ve known for over 20 years, is without question one of the most talented artists I’ve ever met. While he’s aware he has a unique eye, and is often very proud about and happy with his work, he’s also very humble about just how rare a talent he is. In fact, he …

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