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Scott Gustafson - OLD KING COLE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          OLD KING COLE
by Scott Gustafson

Original Retail Price $125.00

Limited Edition of: 2750
Image Size: 14 1/4"w x 17"h.
Published: March 1996

Limited quantities available

"This is one of my favorite paintings. I played with the ideas of a king, a pipe and a bowl. Of course, I first thought of the king of the jungle. I didn't want a pipe that had anything to do with tobacco but I also didn't want to change it into a pan pipe or anything similar. My memory went back to childhood and a bubble-blowing pipe. That idea led naturally to the bowl of bubble mixture . . . although I was tempted by the idea of a cheerful-looking cereal bowl.

"Happily, I was able to include all my preferences and not in an obvious way. Then it was a matter of getting the boy's expression right and researching all the appropriate parts of the town behind them. I think it's one of my sunniest and best-balanced works."

Scott Gustafson
Storytelling through pictures has always held a certain fascination for Scott Gustafson; be they the moving images in animated cartoons, or the epic illustrations of N. C. Wyeth. Upon entering the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, Scott was 99% sure that he wanted to become an animator, but it was that 1% that ultimately drew him more and more into the world of stretched canvas and oil paint. "As an animator, "Gustafson says, "your contribution to a given film is, by necessity, limited to whatever character you've been assigned. But as an illustrator, you're responsible for locations, sets, costumes, props, lighting and character designs, not to mention the overall mood and emotion of a given painting. It's about the best job there is." Over the nearly twenty-five years that span his career, he has had the opportunity to fulfill commissions for a number of varied clients and publishers such as Celestial Seasonings, Playboy magazine, Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange, DreamWorks and The Greenwich Workshop. His illustrated books include The Night Before Christmas, Peter Pan, Nutcracker, as well as two original titles, Animal Orchestra and Alphabet Soup. His newest release, Classic Fairy Tales, was recently awarded a Chesley award for best interior book illustrations from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists and is currently in its third printing.


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