An exhibition dedicated to the legacy of Maurice Sendak, is being hosted by Harrisons Fine Art Gallery on 11th Avenue from Friday, June 1 through Saturday June 21.
The Tatooed Man, from John McLean’s painting, The Housekeeps’s Daughter & the Farmer follow the Tattooed Man.
Maurice is an acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s story books and the man behind the well known “Where the Wild Things Are.” Maurice passed away in May 2012 at the age of 83.
Maurice was hailed to be the Picasso of children’s books, says Gaye Carrothers, Harrisons Gallery Art Director.
“He had the foresight so long ago to pull back on the text in children’s books and allow his art to carry his story. He fully realised that his art had the power to pull a reader into the picture book experience.”
Maurice’s book “Where the Wild Things Are”, his most famous book, gained him international acclaim as an author and illustrator. This timeless classic straddles the line between nightmares and dreams, reality and fantasy.
The exhibition, like the book, will take you on a journey into the artistic worlds of fantasy and reality, says Gaye.
“Some of the works in the exhibition are beautiful and dreamy while others, like many aspects of Sendak’s book, are a bit wild and scary.”
“Where the Wild Things Are” is a group display including artists such as Nick Eggleston, Anthony Warnes, Talitha Brauchli, Mandy Hague, Rebecca Gilmore, Richard Ponder, Ken Hunt, Richard MacDonald, Jannette Blackburn, Elliot Mason and Alexandra Holms.
The showcase is sponsored by Nautilus Restaurant in Tauranga and Wild South Wines by Sacred Hill’s.
All are invited to “go where the wild things are” this June at Harrisons Art Gallery.