Marvel artwork on display in Canton
CANTON – The “Marvelocity” exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art draws the viewer’s attention like a real superhero.
The images are compelling and dramatic. The colors are vivid and striking. And Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Spider-Man, and other timeless characters challenge you to look away.
They were born from the brushstrokes of Alex Ross, whose photorealistic art style has been compared to that of Norman Rockwell.
“Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross” is the centerpiece of the Canton Museum of Art’s winter exhibit, which runs until March 6. New exhibits also include “Tom Franco and The Ice-Creams: Beyond Struggle, When the Future Hello Meets Deep Roots Identities” and “Unsound: Hannah Pierce Ceramics”. A fourth winter exhibition is “POP!”
“With this range of exhibits … visitors will explore exciting fantasy worlds, pop art and pop surrealism, and folk art storytelling,” said Max Barton, executive director and CEO of the Canton Museum of Art, in a press release. is something in each of the exhibits to really delight art lovers (and comic book fans) of all ages.
Museum opening hours are 10 am to 8 pm Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Members receive free admission and the museum offers free admission from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday thanks to the sponsorship of the PNC Foundation.
Tickets can be purchased at the museum or in advance online at www.cantonart.org/. Masks are always compulsory in the galleries. Admission is $ 6 for seniors and students; adults, $ 8; and children and military veterans are admitted free. More information on ticketing is available on the museum’s website.
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The museum, 1001 Market Ave N, will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
A celebration to mark the opening of the new exhibits is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on December 9 at the museum. Sponsored by the PNC Foundation, the public will be able to discover all of the new exhibitions of the free event, alongside the curatorial team, while meeting the exhibiting artist Franco.
The Art of Alex Ross
Considered an elite comic book artist, Ross is known for revitalizing classic superheroes in fine art.
Since the 1990s, Ross has illustrated iconic characters such as Black Panther, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Fantastic Four and many more.
Ross’s works are so revered in the comic book community that he was asked to paint a sprawling mural on the walls of Marvel’s New York City offices depicting 35 superheroes.
Over 50 works by Ross will be on display at the Canton Museum of Art, including busts and original pieces featured in the 312-page book released in 2018, “Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross” by Ross and designer Chip Kidd.
Ross expressed his passion for his work in a video on the “Marvelocity” project.
“You hope to convey a sense of energy, urgency and excitement to people that there is a flash of spirit that comes out of superheroes that has always worked for me,” he said. “It’s not really about the practicality of what they might do… (and) it’s not about the practicality of adult men punching each other in costumes.
“It’s really not about that,” Ross added emphatically. “It’s a visual metaphor. And that metaphor can be for a lot of things, but it’s mostly about the energy and enthusiasm that can be found in the fun of life.”
Sketch at 3 years old
Visitors to the museum will also learn the history of Ross’s evolution from his childhood drawings and preliminary sketches to becoming a leading illustrator, including his paintings and three-dimensional head busts of Marvel characters. .
Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Ross’ talent dates back to the age of 3 when, according to his mother, he grabbed a piece of paper and sketched out the content of a TV commercial he had. seen a few moments before, the artist explains on his site.
At 13, he was writing and drawing original comics. Ten years later, Ross was hired by Marvel Comics to portray the central characters of the legendary company in the “Marvels (1994)” comic book event.
Christy Davis, the curator of the art museum’s exhibits, said superheroes appeal to all ages.
“And it’s a great opportunity for families to come together and interact with their favorite heroes while appreciating the artistic skills needed to do what Alex does,” she said of the exhibit. Marvelocity “.
“The exhibit features works of art that children can relate to what Alex created as a child, and then see how his skills have developed over time to be acclaimed today,” Davis said in a press release.
Marvel has planted an artistic seed
Marvel inspired Ross’s first comic book-style renderings, he said in a video about the mural.
“From the very beginning, Marvel was probably the focal point of my comic book experience because I went from drawing to fairy tales and story books,” he explained. “Things like ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ were things I drew when I was 3, but once I saw Spider-Man at the age of 4 my interest really grew. turned in that direction, and so for the rest of my life I was drawing characters focusing on superhero themes. “
Ross would also go on to illustrate “Uncle Sam,” a 96-page story published by a DC Comics imprint that examined the dark side of American history, he notes on his website.
Similar to Marvel, the individual issues of “Uncle Sam” were compiled into one volume and remain in print today.
Ross’s work also celebrated the 60th anniversary of Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman with fully painted tabloid-sized books depicting each of these characters using their powers to inspire and help humanity, a explained the Canton Museum of Art. .
Draw the Beatles
Ross has also worked outside of comics, including creating a limited-edition promotional poster for the Oscars.
In 2015, Ross was commissioned by Apple Records to illustrate the Four Members of The Beatles based on the 1968 film, “Yellow Submarine”.
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