Mixed-Media Pigment Print on Archival Paper, Dimensions: 17″ x 52.5″
Limited Edition of 850 Arabic Numbers, 99 Patrons’ Collection, 155 Collaborators’ Proofs, 5 Hors d’Commerce, and 2 Printer’s Proofs.
The Yawning Cat debuted in 1967, stretching across two pages of Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat Songbook. In this ambitious project, the Cat and an additional host of characters illustrate a collection of songs written by Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) that were eventually recorded into an album. The artwork generated for this project, from Ted’s early concept drawings to his final pen and inks, are some of the most engaging of his entire catalog.
The Songbook was a quintessential Seuss project. It drew upon the Cat’s ever-expanding popularity, while diving deep into Ted’s creative roots as a child in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was there that his mother, Nettie Geisel, was the first to identify the unique and inescapable artistic side of her son. She believed in the power of reading, music and the arts, and worked hard to make those elements a centerpiece in Ted’s young life.
East meets west and contemporary meets traditional in Ben Ho’s upcoming exhibition at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.
Ho’s skill as a painter allows him to move fluidly and constantly between traditional painting compositions and his more recent contemporary abstract interpretations. Hanging oversized canvases side by side exposing connections as well as contradictions. His subject matter sways from local content, using motifs that he is well known for, to more universal environmental themes and then at other times revealing personal considerations.
Born and educated in China, now residing in New Zealand Ho’s current creative approach is to comprehend and interpret all he knows.
Spurred on by persistent internal investigation and the desire to push his boundaries Ho will continue to grow and resolve the body of work, with a view to tour the final collection internationally and ultimately to Beijing.
Opening: Tuesday 4th July
Time: 5.30 – 7.30 pm
RSVP’s are essential: email@example.com
or phone (04) 499 6356
Venue: New Zealand Portrait Gallery, 11 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, 6011
The exhibition runs until 23rd July