Michelle St Laurent has made an indelible mark on the Disney fine art scene, and over her career has become one of the artists whose work is the most sought-after by Disney collectors. It’s plain to see why. Read on for more about Michelle St. Laurent and for an exclusive interview!
It’s getting down to the last minute for getting Christmas presents and holiday gifts! We thought we’d help the folks out there who are still struggling to find something wonderful, and suggest film art. Disney art and Marvel superhero art, just to name two, make crowd pleasing, inventive gifts for family and friends who love movies. Our experience in the gallery is it can be the sort of art people don’t buy themselves, but love and enjoy, and would be so happy to get as a gift! We have so many visitors who frequent our store and know all about the movies, and come by just to see what’s new. They respect and look up to the artists that are represented here. I’m also so excited when someone close to them comes in and gets them a piece. It’s always so well received!
With that in mind, here are a few pieces that are ready to display and are $150 or under:
How many of my longterm clients know that the mice and birds in Cinderella are some of my all-time favorites? I’m not alone. John Rowe does a great composition of them and the star of the film, Cinderella’s castle…ummm, I mean, Cinderella.
Oh that haughty iris is such a great character. There are so many minor characters that are memorable in Alice in Wonderland. Here are just a few of them, created in a great Disney fine art piece by Michelle St. Laurent:
What a wonderful piece this Dig A Little Deeper is! Heather Theurer has gotten lots of press for her live action reinterpretations of Disney princesses. Here is her version of the first African-American Disney princess:
Did you love Moana? Of course you did. This is one of the best scenes in the whole movie, captured in Disney fine art by Rob Kaz.
You’d be surprised at the number of adult fans this pixie dream girl has. She should be the original “not bad, just drawn that way”, but regardless, many a fan would love to have this sometimes-sweet fairy.
And what about Star Wars: The Last Jedi? You loved it? You hated it? Either way, you’re probably a fan of the saga, and so is that loved-one. Here’s a sold-out Star Wars limited edition of BB8 the Astromech droid by Steve Thomas that no one will argue about. The best of the new Star Wars characters captured in official Star Wars film art!
Maybe that hard-to-buy-for friend or family member is a fan of Marvel. If everyone didn’t love Thor and company before Ragnarok, they do now! We have framed special-release posters from San Diego Comic-Con of both Ragnarok and Black Panther that will be a great gift and tickle their fancy. We also have a sold out Captain America limited edition and a great New Avengers piece…
OMG! You can get Thor, Cap, and Iron Man by Alex Ross for your Marvel-obsessed loved-one! Can there be a better gift? No. The answer is no.
Of course there are lots of other options on our “GIFTS IN-STOCK” page, which you can get to by clicking HERE.
We’ll be here in the gallery Christmas eve until at 2pm, as well as…
Thursday 10-6pm, Friday 10-6pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 12-2pm, but check with us if you need to stop by outside these hours. We are here to help!
so come and see us and let us solve the age-old problem of gift-giving…You’ll be grateful, and the receiver will be thrilled!
Best of the holidays to you all,
Leslie and Michael
I wanted to tell collectors about one of the rare times we could buy Disney storybook art directly from Disney.
Quite a few years ago, around the time Disney was deciding whether to keep having an art program or not, someone who had been working in and around Disney for many years contacted me about the likelihood of Disney Publishing opening up to sell art to galleries. Obviously, I was ecstatic!
There are a lot of artists who created Disney storybook art that are great talents, and some of them are even legends now. Claude Coats, Retta Scott, Bill Peet…just to name a few! I had the great pleasure of selling a whole collection of illustrations for Retta Scott’s Cinderella book. It was for the puppet book, not the original storybook, but they were glorious and finding and placing it with a collector is one of my favorite memories as an art dealer. Regardless of the fact that whoever was building the program at Disney for illustration art sales wasn’t branding the art based on the artist, but rather the subject matter, I was still all in. I knew my clients would be thrilled.
As a test to see whether there was interest, Disney was doing some low key selling of original Disney storybook illustrations on Ebay. This was back before Ebay had unintentionally created the garage sale feel they have now. I scoured the site for when they posted art. They only did it for a very brief time, and I knew about it from the beginning.
One of the images they placed on there was this original Disney publishing illustration from a storybook about Villains. You can see the space to the right where the words go.
What I love about a great Disney storybook art for a well-known story is you get both color and story in one place . To me the composition and story elements of the Queen transforming into the wicked witch are wonderfully vibrant and compelling. The skull that the poison gas is creating, and how it connects you visually with the skull of poison on the apple is scary and beautiful at the same time. We can tell there is very bad magic at work, and the plot is about to go south for poor Snow White…
What is also great about illustration in general is that very rarely is there just one medium used. It might be drawn on illustration board, with gouache, but enhanced with airbrush, or pen and ink. Illustrators use whatever will solve their design problem or build the aesthetic they are after for that project.
We bought the art from Ebay, and promptly sold it to a villains collector. Oddly, even then they didn’t know or weren’t willing to tell us who did the actual illustration. (Yet another reason I should have been working inside Disney…CREDIT, people…CREDIT!) Years later we were thrilled to be able to offer it again to another lover of illustration and villains, or rather misunderstood heroes.
Sadly, the folks inside Disney publishing thought better of selling the art out of their archives. I do wish they’d lost their head and sold a bit more before coming to their senses! I remember my friend Lella, who used to be the head of the Disney archives, would bemoan the fact that the company sold so many backgrounds from their movies to the public through Sotheby’s. At least they DID. We were only able to get about three pieces before collectors got wind of what they were doing and then the prices often went above 10k. Lucky for us we knew about it at the beginning!
For collectors of Snow White and villains, this piece is particularly great, since it’s so prohibitively expensive to get both the Queen and the evil witch. Also, since the vast Snow White art collection owned by Steve Ison was sold back to Disney, finding original art representing the characters has gotten a lot harder and more expensive.
I have seen cels of the moment of her transformation before, but they are very strange and also very expensive. Here’s a way to represent the darkness of the character, tell story, and celebrate wonderful illustrative talent at once.
We at artinsights are incredibly pleased to once again welcome Michelle St Laurent to the Gallery on July 2nd, to present some beautiful new original interpretive Disney art, and her latest limited editions for the exhibit on display through August 8th. Her inspired art has only become more popular and beautiful since the last time she visited us in 2014, and we’re so excited to present these new images to our clients and friends.
Join us Saturday, July 2nd, 2:00pm to 6:00pm
You can meet Michelle, and see some of her new exquisite pieces. She will be personalizing all purchases at the show!
The exhibit of her work will be on display through August 8th, so those two can’t make it this weekend can come through August and enjoy her visual warmth, and her sweet, perfectly rendered style, which has made her they go-to artist for collectors of interpretive Disney scenes.
Check out her work HERE.
Happy Birthday! The Mickey Mouse Club turns 60! The series began on October 3rd, 1955!
My own personal experience with the Mickey Mouse Club is with the cels from this series.
As someone who has sold cels from The Mickey Mouse Club since 1988, I’ve had to learn over time about the animated cartoons, characters, and costumes used on the show. Production cels from The Mickey Mouse Club have their own unusual look to them. The thick ink lines make cels from the show pretty easy to recognize: (click on the image if you’re interested in buying the art!)
Also, most of the cels were sold originally through the Art Corner, a store in Disneyland where they sold original Disney art from 1955 to 1966. This means the cels were cut down to a smaller size, matted, and came with a seal on the back. A very recognizable seal!
Many of the cels from The Mickey Mouse Club and indeed most that were sold through the Art Corner are stuck to their backgrounds. It’s inherent to the era. If you find a cel that isn’t, it’s probably been completely repainted.
One of my favorite stories from my long history selling animation art is that a friend of mine who is a chemist and also a collector discovered a way to remove the cels from their backgrounds without ripping all the paint off the back. When he told me he’d actually done it, I felt like he’d made a major discovery. That’s how Disney geeky I am! So now when we have cels from that time period lots of them are NOT stuck to the backgrounds because we get them all from this one awesome guy.
My personal history with The Mickey Mouse Club is probably in some ways similar to many, at least those from other parts of the world. I saw it was coming on (in reruns, of course) in Paris on TV and I begged my parents to let me watch it.
They warned me “It isn’t what you think .. It isn’t mostly cartoons..”
I didn’t care. And actually there were plenty of animated moments, certainly enough for an 8 year old. What I didn’t know, because they didn’t play them that way, was that each day of the week was specific to a particular subject. I learned that later, as an animation gallery owner!
I love, though, that collectors who remember or have a love for The Mickey Mouse Club can get cels of Jiminy Cricket (that also have a thick ink line) and a bunch of other beloved Disney characters for much less than if they had bought them from the original features from which they originate.
Mickey Mouse production cels, original and limited edition art are going to have a resurgence, and soon. Why? There’s a new Mickey Mouse show, which began in 2013, and to date it’s seen in 160 countries, translated into 34 languages. The show is making Mickey cool again. Still, purists will always look back to the early cartoons of the late 1920s, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and The Mickey Mouse Club.
Here’s a popular Mickey Mouse Club limited edition by Tim Rogerson (which you can click on if interested in buying!):
On this 60th anniversary of their premiere, we owe thanks to a show that made Mickey Mouse himself, his pals, and the live action kids so relatable to children all over the world.
For all the Mickey Mouse art ArtInsights has available, go HERE, and of course for commissions or requests for particular images, contact the gallery!
When I started selling animation art in 1988, there were only five galleries specializing in original cartoon art IN THE WORLD. That’s right. It’s hard for some to imagine when no one knew what a cel was, and when the thought that cartoon art was “kid stuff” was pervasive. Things have really changed. Most people know what about animation art, and many see it as a legitimate art form, but along with that the prices for animation art have risen to the point where finding unrestored reasonably priced original art is not that easy to do!
Recently a client/collector friend of mine showed me a collection of Disney lobby cards he had just gotten his hands on. Most were from the original release dates. These were smaller images released by the studio used to promote the film in theater lobbies across the country. It occurred to me that my collectors and people I knew who love Disney would be excited about the prospect of having these, what essentially amount to pieces of memorabilia and art mixed together.
It isn’t as if lobby cards can’t be counterfeit. Of course they can be. The trick is to find someone who knows where they’ve been since removed from the displays at the theater! How wonderful, though, to imagine them a part of the thrill of release in 1946 of Song of the South, or 1950 of Cinderella, or any number of other Disney classics!
I do love two of the images we got most, and those are the lobby cards created for England. They are smaller, and they come from a slightly later time (a few years after the initial releases) but check out these British Snow White and Fantasia lobby cards, I especially appreciate that they are based on concept work from the films:
In my own house, I have production art, and movie posters. Lobby cards are the perfect way to add something small (they are all 11 x 14) and substantial to represent other favorites, or enhance the images in the production cels nearby. That’s what I did with mine. Personally I always want my lobby cards to be from the original release, and almost all the ones we have in the gallery are. You can tell what year they were released by checking the number in the bottom right hand corner, making sure the first number corresponds with the year the movie was released..(like 55 for the Lady and the Tramp lobby cards, and 49 for the Ichabod and Mr. Toad lobby cards, for example)
Check out all the lobby cards (and the two collections) on our Disney vintage gallery page:
In the course of my career selling animation art and advocating for the value of animation art as a legitimate art form, i’ve discovered collectors of original production art, and even Disney interpretive art, tend to gravitate to movies that are either firsts or lasts. Sometimes they are aware of the history, and sometimes they are responding to something they feel or see, not knowing the technical or historical reasons.
For example, there are lots of Snow White lovers, not only because it is the first full length feature for Walt Disney Studios in 1937. Few dispute that it is a masterpiece of invention based on a great old story, that is very important to the history of film.
The fact that it is the first for Disney feature animation, though, means at the time there was a huge amount of experimentation and innovation. Character design made leaps forward, so that meant the villain, the Queen and her disguise, the witch, the dwarfs, the animals, and Snow White herself were full of little design elements that made the cels used to animate them fun to look at. The way the outlines of the characters on the cels were hand-inked, and the airbrush used to enhance the look of movement or “alive quality”, inadvertently made the production cels beautiful pieces of art. Of course Walt figured that out and sold them as art at the movie’s premiere.
Although not the masterpiece Snow White is as a film, 1959’s Sleeping Beauty also has a slew of collectors and fans, and deservedly so. It is the last hand-inked feature film in Disney’s history. For that reason, the studio both went all out in their use of ink colors and enhancements, and experimented with the new technique of xerography they hoped to use in their next feature, 101 Dalmatians being released in 1960. For those of you who don’t know, xerography copies the original drawing onto the cel with a machine, making hand-inking the outline of the characters unnecessary. This took far less time, but also, they argued at the time, assured the integrity of the artists’ finished drawings, because they would be transferred exactly as they were drawn, onto the cel.
Here’s the thing: Hand-inking, on animation cels, is just lovely. What I tell people who are wondering through ArtInsights for the first time curious to learn a little about production art, if you stand back and look at two cels, one with hand-inking, and the other with xerographic line, the hand-inked cel pops right off the wall. You can see the character so much better! The character’s outline being so clearly defined, and often in a variety of colors, adds dimension to the character itself. The problem of course, is that if you love 101 Dalmatians, you have to embrace the first that was using xerography to outline all the characters in the movie. To be fair, it has its own retro charm. However, one of the reasons collectors of Sleeping Beauty are so committed to that film is because the hand-inking points to the end of an era, and as such goes out in a blaze of glory, and the cels are flamboyantly hand-inked to the point of artistry. I think the character designers and inker painters knew it would be the last time they would make such a strong mark on an animated feature, and they just put all their heart and soul into the art.
Sleeping Beauty fans love the film for lots of reasons. The voice talent is extraordinary. Mary Costa as Princess Aurora was wonderful casting, because she could bring her background as an opera star to the experience. Vera Felton, at this point a Disney veteran, having been tapped for the fairy godmother in Cinderella and the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, among others, voiced Flora. Radio voice star Eleanor Audley had voiced Lady Tremaine in Cinderella, and absolutely rocked it as Maleficent. That character is beloved not just for her design, but certainly for the way she was voiced!
The animation artists involved in Sleeping Beauty point to a particularly fruitful time at the studio. The character animation is some of the best in Disney history. Marc Davis animated both Princess Aurora and Maleficent, Milt Kahl worked on Prince Philip, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston handed Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, and Wolfgang Reitherman worked on the dragon. For those of you who know these names, that’s a lot of Disney genius in one place. Eyvind Earle, Sleeping Beauty’s art director, was known as a masterful background stylist, and invented much of the look of the movie’s backgrounds, especially the ubiquitous mid-century modern trees, modeled after those that surrounded him living in California.
Though Sleeping Beauty didn’t succeed at first at the box office, it has since gone on to be seen as one of Disney’s best. Not that animation collectors who search avidly for good production cels from the film care about such things…they can’t be convinced by nay-sayers because the cels themselves are just so gorgeous.
That brings us to a cel I just got in ArtInsights (you can click on the top pic to go to the page in the gallery site) One of the scenes collectors look for as part of their Sleeping Beauty animation art collection is a great cel of Briar Rose in the forest. Obviously collectors look for essential moments that represent the key scenes moving the story forward, and Briar Rose wandering through the landscape, singing to her mock prince, and meeting Prince Philip, definitely qualifies! I see lots of Briar Rose cels. There is a crazy variance in price, according to little things and big things like
Are her eyes open? Does she have her basket? Can you see the curls in her hair? (hand-inking at its best!!) Is she full figure but you can see her face well and she has a good expression? Are there animals present? Is she dancing? Is she dancing with the prince? (unlike the end of the movie, that would be comprised of, in this scene, two cels, not one with both of them on it like the ‘dance among the clouds’) has the art been restored? (I try not to sell restored art) is it in a hand prepared background? Is it a full cel or is it an art corner piece?
The Sleeping Beauty production cel we have right now has a hand-prepared background on it. Created by an artist who has worked at Disney, this artist captured the essence of Eyvind Earle’s style. So much so, that i’ve been afraid about making sure the provenance stays intact and should the art ever leave the hands of whoever I sell it to, it is clearly indicated that this is NOT from 1959. It helps that this artist created the background on archival mat board and it has a repeated stamp all over the back CRESCENT, CRESCENT, CRESCENT! (the company that makes those mats) The cel is unrestored, and yes, you can see her hair. For my part, Briar Rose cels are some of my favorite production cels because of her hair. Realize, now, that her hand-inked hair is done 24 cels per second through the entire movie. THAT’S CRAZY! No wonder they switched to xerography!
One of my favorite parts of my job being a gallery owner is finding original cels that truly capture the spirit of a character. Knowing that production cels were photographed and used the create the film, a film that has been seen by many millions of people, just brings me such joy. It’s like animation history, and indeed art history, in your hands, or on your walls. It also brings me joy knowing there are like-minded people out there who also love animation art. Being in the industry since 1988, I saw a time when few knew what the heck it even was! I still have people who come in and think it’s all kid stuff, but I hope with blogs like these I can change a few minds, or reaffirm the love of cartoons and animation art in a few collectors, and even more Disney lovers!
For ArtInsights, i’m Leslie Combemale.
These are just thoughts and musings of a gallery owner and lover or art and animation. There are lots of books that will go far more in-depth about the history of animation and Disney. Please feel free to ask questions below or email the gallery if you are looking for Sleeping Beauty art or animation film art of any kind!
Further reading on Sleeping Beauty production cels, Sleeping Beauty the feature film, and the history of Disney animation:
Sleeping Beauty Platinum dvd (commentary and extra info)
An article on Ink and Paint:
Also, stay tuned for an upcoming book by Mindy Johnson called Ink and Paint: The Women of Disney’s Animation Department!
Once Upon A Time: Sleeping Beauty History
Before Ever After: Animation Lectures
Demystifying Disney History
Disney’s Illusions of Life
Layouts and Backgrounds from the Disney archives
The Encyclopedia of Walt Disney Animated Characters
(David Womersley’s “Arendelle in Winter”)
We hope your holidays were wonderful and that you are on your way to big things in 2015! We at ArtInsights certainly are..
This last year has seen some great art and great film releases, and some awesome directions for our favorite artists.
Of course the first artist I’d mention is John Alvin, although of course since he passed away in 2008 it isn’t coming from John himself. But 2014 saw the release by Andrea Alvin, his partner and wife, of the book The Art of John Alvin, which got universally great reviews and made a fair number of best art books of 2014 lists. We loved seeing it at the top of Amazon UK, and all the press not only the book got, but John’s art as well. It seemed like every image he ever did for Jurassic Park crossed the internet!
Andrea Alvin also started breaking out on her own accord as an artist. She had been working with John all these ye
ars, and was an integral part to the creation of many well known posters of the 1980s and 90s, including the Batman advance and the Cape Fear posters. Most recently, however, she has been working with Disney and Warner Brothers creating official art for The Wizard of Oz anniversary and Looney Tunes, as well as images for Pixar and classic Disney characters.
We love our collaboration with Tennessee Loveless, who is nearly done with his Ten x Ten x Ten series, which is getting more and more interesting while it maintains his edgy, of-the-moment pop aesthetic. You can see many explanations of the creations in the series HERE. Look for some new exciting work we’ll be doing with him in 2015! There is no question his star continues to be on the rise, and there’s no telling just how far high he’ll go. If you like his work, now is the time to get connected to his fascinating world—one we love being a part of and believe you would too!
Having Michelle St. Laurent was an absolute pleasure at the gallery this December. We still have several of her originals and they never cease to impress. So many layers, and so much integration of pop and traditional watercolor styles with illustration and animation—Toby Bluth would have loved it! We learned Michelle was at the beginning of vinyl-mation, pin-trading, and ‘make your own ear hat” at Disney, and was behind a host of amazing environments at the parks. How wonderful to see a woman rise so high as an official artist in the studio!
We haven’t had a chance to work with him yet, but very excited about the production designer from Disney’s Frozen, David Womersley, has become an official interpretive Disney fine artist! This is very cool for those who love collecting artists working inside the studios actually shaping their favorite movies…and it’s a BIG deal! I can’t wait to find people who will want to do a commission with him! His first limited edition is based on two concept pieces he created to show the grandeur of the Norwegian landscape, and those pieces were instrumental in the finished design for the film.
We look forward to interviewing him to let fans and collectors get to know him better!
The best news for fans of Disney art with a limited budget is the new collection called “Treasures on Canvas”. It offers a variety of images that are also available in smaller editions that are hand embellished, in a larger edition size of 1500, gallery wrapped, and with a certificate of authenticity, all for only $125 each. What makes this so wonderful is when we first started representing animation art some 30 years ago, everyone could afford it. This collection makes it so again. We have actually sold several to young kids who bring us money every week, and it means they can collect their first piece of art. What a joy that has been! It is also true that the artists in the collection getting a wider audience, and as many of them are close friends I love, this too makes me happy!
As to 2015, we look forward to some great changes and new offerings, which we can’t wait to announce. We have some new artists we know are set to skyrocket into the limelight, as well as properties we know our collectors are wanting to be released officially we are championing on their behalf. And in reference to that, if you are interested in a film having official art released, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!
Trust us, we have your interests, and the success of film artists who should have greater notoriety for their work, in mind. Traditional illustration and concept work deserves recognition, and we as a gallery advocate as much as possible.
Here’s to 2015 expanding awareness of film art to the fine art collectors of the world, expanding acceptance of concept artists little known outside the studios, and expanding our collector base by our work in education and celebration of the art!
Happy New Year!
Leslie and Michael
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MICHELLE ST. LAURENT- TOP FEMALE OFFICIAL DISNEY ARTIST, APPEARING AT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION & FILM ART GALLERY OPENING OF HER ONE-WOMAN SHOW “THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY WATERCOLOR”
Saturday, December 6 2 pm – 6 pm
Reston, Va., Dec.3rd, 2014 – Michelle St. Laurent will be appearing on Saturday, December 6 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery in Reston Town Center to paint in person and meet fans and collectors at the opening of the gallery show “The Wonderful World of Disney Animation”. The exhibit of her original and limited edition art from classic and contemporary Disney films will be on display through January 5, 2015 at ArtInsights, 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190.
St Laurent has become the top selling and most popular female Disney artist in the public eye, but her work is represented all over the world through her work behind the scenes as well. As a Disney art director, production designer, and product developer, she can claim many firsts, including being part of the team that started and designed the pin trading and Vinyl-mation programs at the Disney parks. She also designed the “My Disney Girl” doll and the “Create Your Own” ear hat, and was production designer for all park events, which often included designing and implementing temporary themed environments with budgets in the millions of dollars. She has had the honor of being selected to create postage stamps for Disney, has worked on many projects for both Disney World and Disneyland, and is represented in many official Disney gallery shows.
“What makes Michelle St. Laurent so successful is how she mixes traditional and pop art aesthetics in watercolors for her gallery works while at the same time becoming the go-to gal for official art used in projects inside the studio,” says ArtInsights owner Leslie Combemale. “Few artists can find that balance, and Michelle does that perfectly.”
Watercolor images by St. Laurent from Sleeping Beauty, Pinocchio, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Alice in Wonderland, among others, will be on exhibit and she will be talking about her inspiration and process with collectors at the opening on Saturday. “I aspire to recreating classic Disney magic in my paintings, which allows each of us to be a kid again,” says Laurent. “This is an especially wonderful time of the year for that, so I love sharing my work and celebrating the holidays meeting collectors and Disney fans!”
Michelle St. Laurent has fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a Disney artist, after creating a poster of Disney characters on parade for a contest in first grade. Pre-Disney, she worked to create art for Sea World in Orlando, and her murals can be seen throughout the park. Some 15 years ago she was hired by the Disney Design Group where she created a wide variety of art images for Disney Theme Parks and special projects. She trained, worked and was inspired by Disney legend Ralph Kent for the first 6 years. Michelle began painting for the Disney Galleries in 1998, and started creating both Disney fine art and official art as an art director for the company. Michelle’s fine art is featured throughout Disney World and Disneyland, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, at the exclusive Magic Kingdom’s 999 Happy Haunts Event, Disneyana Conventions, and galleries around the world.
About ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery: Established in 1994, ArtInsights is a privately owned gallery located just outside of Washington, DC at Reston Town Center, in Virginia. The gallery presents important images from the 20th and 21st century film art genre, including original art from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to concept and layout artists to animators, ArtInsights represents a wide collection from the giants and up and comers of film art. With more than 30 years’ experience, the owners work with their worldwide collector base to build and insure the integrity of their collections. They sell only official art created by artists working on the films they represent, with rare images used in production as well as original commissions which are often used to create official limited editions. ArtInsights exclusively represents the original art of John Alvin, Casey Robin, and Ben Curtis Jones, and also exhibits Tim Rogerson, Jim Salvati, Mike Kungl, and Chuck Jones. Featured studios include Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox, in a display of images from the best classic movies and animated features of the last 100 years as well as newer classics like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. See and learn more on the website and on the web magazine, and hear movie reviews by owner Leslie Combemale’s alter ego, Cinema Siren, published on more than 600 Patch sites nationwide, and on www.artinsightsmagazine.com.
ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is located at 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190. For more information, call 703-478-0778 and visit www.ArtInsights.com.
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For more information, high-res images or to schedule an interview with artist Michelle St. Laurent and animation and film art expert and gallery owner Leslie Combemale, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her in the gallery at 703-478-0778.
TOP SELLING OFFICIAL DISNEY LIMITED EDITIONS ~ THE PERFECT GIFT FOR EVERY DISNEY FAN
Disney fans have been collecting and loving art since 1937, and now we can all get the best images from artists working in the studio actually making the movies! Here are the most popular and fastest selling images in a variety of price ranges that ArtInsights loves and recommends…
First, here is a great assortment of images released in special editions of 1500, not hand signed but gallery wrapped with a certificate of authenticity for either $125 or $150 that make a great impression as a gift! Click on the picture to see all the options:
There are a number of releases in small edition sizes that are hand embellished (paint is added to enhance the image) and hand signed by the artist. Here are some wonderful ones, and you can click on the artist’s name to see all their art.
IMPRESSIONISTIC WONDER-FILLED LANDSCAPES
The Adventure of Life by Rodel Gonzales: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $595
Hakuna Matata by Rodel Gonzales: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $650
The Duel by James Coleman: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $995
Pooh’s Garden Party by Harrison Ellenshaw: Embellished Giclee on Canvas $950
CAPTURING THE BEAUTY OF CHARACTER IN PORTRAITS:
At Odds With the Sea by Lisa Keene: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $450
Brave Merida by Jim Salvati: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $450
Ohana Means Family by Heather Theurer: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $395
Father and Son by Michelle St. Laurent: Hand Textured Giclee on Canvas for $550
THESE ARTISTS MAKE DISNEY GO POP!
Fantasia by Tim Rogerson: Embellished Giclee on Canvas for $595
59 Maleficent by Mike Kungl: Hand Textured Giclee on Canvas for $595
Friendly Hero by Trevor Carlton: Hand Textured Giclee on Canvas for $495
Ce N’est Pas Un Chapeau by Tennessee Loveless: Giclee on Canvas for $195
SO MUCH GREAT ART! So much to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Every solution for anyone searching for a special gift…
- grandparents looking for that special gift that will be there always
- wives and husbands of Disney fans who want something super special
- families looking for something the whole family will enjoy
- collectors who guide their loved ones to their next exciting acquisition
Of course ArtInsights is always here to guide you as well, since we’ve been helping collectors find their way for over 2o years. We are happy to help you find something for your own wish list or for to make this holiday wonder-filled for your Disney-loving loved ones!
Let film art solve the eternal problem of what to get to thrill the movie lovers you love!
The experts at ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery have been building collections, finding special pieces, and inspiring film fans with official studio art by the best movie artists working in Hollywood for over 22 years. They have the hottest and most exclusive film art perfect for the movie lovers in your life.
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Why film art?
Every year we all struggle to find unique or special gifts for the loved
ones in our lives. Sometimes it feels impossible. We are all looking to
find something for the husband or wife who has everything, or the kids who
already have a mountain of toys they don’t use, or the family that
deserves something they will all enjoy for a long time.
If any or all the people on your holiday list love movies, there is art
available from some of their favorites. Think of these images created by
the artists who played a large part in the success of these movies:
Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in a painting by the man who made some of
the saga’s best movie posters, Art with Batman, Superman, Ironman, and
other superheroes by those who influence the look and feel of those
blockbusters, Harry Potter art by the saga’s production designer, or art
from Disney’s Frozen by one of its concept artists, are just a few options
that make for an unexpected and appreciated gift, and can make you a hero
For the family that enjoys watching movies together, or a husband or wife
who has the latest movie screensaver, to the most difficult-to-please teen
– Film and animation art bring out the budding artist in kids, because it
teaches them art is something they can relate to and connect with.
– For families, shared positive memories of watching movies can be
recreated at home with film art and is one kind of art they can all
There is official art from the studios and by these filmmakers for as
little as $150 for a limited edition giclee from something like Harry
Potter, The Wizard of Oz, or Frozen, or can be an ultra-exclusive gift for
as much as $60,000 or more for the original art from a movie poster like
Beauty and the Beast or Star Wars or Blade Runner. It can be easy and
inexpensive, or it can be exclusive and the rarest of the rare. For every
taste and in every budget, and only a click away online, film art is a
great way to make holiday shopping fun and exciting.
For those who take their movie watching very seriously, there would be
nothing more exciting than having art made by those filmmakers on the
walls. They are great conversation pieces, instant mood elevators after a
long day, and a visual door to movie memories that inspire the
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Did you know you could have art made specially for you by top Disney and Hollywood artists?
ArtInsights has been working with insiders licensed by the studios to create original art for our clients for over 20 years!
What makes this so special and unique is you can have a beautiful original piece of art to display in your home, in your media room, or family room… or a place of honor that reminds the whole family of favorite moments from a new or old classic film or cartoon. It is truly my favorite thing to do at ArtInsights: working with art lovers who feel as passionate as I do about the memories they hold dear from movies that may have been seen by millions of people, or by just a few true fans. We find the perfect artist who may have actually worked on that film, or with that studio, or who is significantly influenced by the movie you celebrate and want represented. Mixing a scene or scenes you love with the design aesthetic that has made them revered and successful in the world of film art, they construct a wonderful piece of original art JUST FOR YOU.
Even more exciting is the art is often chosen by the studio to be turned into a limited edition, which makes the original art all the more important.
We believe there is a conversation that occurs… a relationship between the artist and the collector…when a work of art is created and passed on to be enjoyed as part of the art that makes the collector’s living space or work environment unique and special.
It is exciting to know you can bring a little bit of Hollywood home, and celebrate the movies you love! Here are just a few original pieces created with artists through ArtInsights: (don’t fall too in love with THESE pieces, they were made, just as we can for you, as commissions–you’ll have to decide what would make YOUR heart sing as these pieces did for their collectors…anything you can dream of, our artists can bring into being!)
By Disney artist Tim Rogerson:
By famed movie poster artist John Alvin: (creator of movie posters for over 200 movies)
By Disney art director Toby Bluth:
By movie concept artist Harrison Ellenshaw (concept artist for Star Wars, Tron, and many others)
by artist Disney, Star Wars, and Warner Brothers artist Mike Kungl:
By Disney visual development artist Lisa Keene:
By movie poster and Disney artist John Rowe:
By Warner Brothers and Disney concept artist Jim Salvati:
This is a very small percentage of the art we have created for our clients. Up to this moment we have never had the artists we work with not absolutely exceed our and our clients’ expectations. It’s why the Hollywood studios choose them over and over again even today!
We chose these pieces to show you because nearly all of these were turned into limited editions by the studios. Most of these artists can be commissioned to create a wide variety of images from live action movies encompassing the entire history of film as well as Disney and other animation studio features.
Contact ArtInsights today to find out how you too can have a one of the best film artists create a one-of-a-kind work of art just for you!