We were pleased to host a special traveling exhibit of rare Dr. Seuss artwork that opened Saturday, May 18. "The Art of Dr. Seuss – Rare Editions" exhibit was an extraordinary look into the artistic life of Theodor Seuss Geisel and included now-rare editions from his Secret Art, Unorthodox Taxidermy Sculpture and Archive Collections.
The 22-piece exhibit was on display in the gallery, located at 800 Bellevue Way N.E. #111, from May 18 through June 2nd.
Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Dr. Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that defines him as an iconographic American artist.
About the Artist: Theodor Seuss Geisel (American, 1904–1991)
Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, began his career as a little known editorial cartoonist in the 1920's. His intriguing perspective and fresh concepts ignited his career, and his work evolved quickly to deft illustrations, modeled sculpture and sophisticated oil paintings of elaborate imagination.
Dr. Seuss is currently best known as one of the most beloved and bestselling children's authors of all time, having written and illustrated 44 books, including classics such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Geisel also created more than 400 political cartoons for PM magazine during World War II, and was a contributing illustrator for Vanity Fair and Life. He had a long, successful advertising career, he was an Academy Award winner for his wartime documentaries, as well as his animated short film, "Gerald McBoing Boing." Today his paintings hang in fine art galleries along side Old and Contemporary Masters including Picasso, Warhol, Rembrandt, Miro and others. Geisel single-handedly forged a new genre of art that falls somewhere between the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th Century and the inspired nonsense of a child's classroom doodles.
His unique artistic vision emerged as the golden thread which linked every facet of his varied career, and his artwork became the platform from which he delivered 44 children's books, over 400 World War II political cartoons, hundreds of advertisements, and countless editorials filled with wonderfully inventive animals, characters and clever humor. Geisel single-handedly forged a new genre of art that falls somewhere between the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th Century and the inspired nonsense of a child's classroom doodles.