Exhibition Category: Previous Exhibition Auckland

The Art of Dr Seuss


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The Art of Dr. Seuss

Mixed-Media Pigment Print on Archival Canvas, Authorized Estate Edition

Image Size: 24” x 30.5” with additional canvas border
Limited Edition of 850 Arabic Numbers
99 Patrons’ Collection, 155 Collaborators’ Proofs, 5 Hors d’Commerce, 2 Printer’s Proofs


Just one word was needed to define his thoughts. The painting speaks the remaining volumes.

“In the quiet of the night, delving deep into his personal reflections, Dr. Seuss captured the essence of solitude.

“Dr. Seuss seemed to understand that a change in perspective can dramatically influence our behavior and create endless opportunities for growth.

How we view an object, concept, or situation shapes our personality and our world view.

Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) seemed to understand this and changed the world through his writings and illustrations by showing us how “perspective” can dramatically influence our behavior.

We saw this in Green Eggs and Ham when Sam’s friend finally tried the dish he thought he would not like.

We saw this in The Grinch when the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes upon finally “seeing” the true spirit of the holidays.

And now, as new works are released from Ted Geisel’s private collection, we see his perspective evermore clearly across the range of his Secret Art.


Dr. Seuss’s private artworks have been called his “Midnight Paintings” for good reason. They were mostly done in the loneliest hours of the night when the pressures of his day had subsided. In that quiet darkness, he would retire to his easel to see what inspiration might unfold. Those moments were not about being lonely, but rather about great artistic freedom flourishing in the stillness of the night.

Perspective is everything, and he seemed to harness that idea to create one of the 20th century’s most important and timeless bodies of work.

“Dr. Seuss’s late night painting sessions, alone in his studio,
were not about being lonely, but instead were about
great artistic freedom flourishing in the stillness of the night.

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