WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE OF OFFICIAL LIMITED EDITION ART BY SPECIAL GUEST WILLIE ITO
TO BE RELEASED FOR SDCC SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON
Reston, Va – ArInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is teaming up with Hanna Barbera, Warner Bros. and Clampett Studios to release officially licensed limited edition art from What’s Opera Doc, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, and Beany and Cecil by animation artist Willie Ito, in honor of his appearance at Comic-Con International. The four pieces of art will be released at limited edition giclees on paper in an edition of 50, signed by Mr. Ito, and will be offered at a con price of $125 each, increasing to $150 on Monday July 28th. There will also be 5 Artist Proofs that will be sold in special sets with a remarques by the artist for $600 only available through August 1st.
ArtInsights is pleased to be offering limited edition art of Hanna Barbera and Beany and Cecil characters for the first time in years, and not a minute too soon for fans of the beloved classics, with images by an artist recognized in the animation industry as an important figure in the development and expansion of how cartoons were made and the place they held in pop culture. He worked at each of the major studios at the perfect time to be part of history. The gallery’s owner, Leslie Combemale, an expert on the history of animation, will be conducting two panels with Ito,
“Meet the Flintstones, Meet George Jetson: Hanna Barbera Beginnings”
Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall in 1963 in Hanna Barbera Studios with three men who helped make it such an essential part of cartoon history? Comic-Con special guest animator Willie Ito gathers his friends and cohorts Tony Benedict(writer, Flintstones, The Jetsons) and Jerry Eisenberg (layout artist, Flintstones, Jetsons) to discuss what made early Hanna Barbera into the powerhouse of cartoon history it became. Moderated by Leslie Combemale (film artist advocate/owner, ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery).
Thursday July 24, 2014 2:30pm – 3:30pm
and a one-on-one interview,
“Spotlight on Willie Ito”
With nearly 60 years as an animation artist, Comic-Con special guest Willie Ito has done it all. He worked at Disney on Lady and the Tramp’s spaghetti scene with mentor Iwao Takamoto and on One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera Doc at Warner Bros’ famed Termite Terrace under Chuck Jones’ direction. He went on to The Beany and Cecil Show with Bob Clampett and then Hanna Barbera for the beginnings of The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and many other cartoons. Ito has great stories and experiences to share. After HB he went to Disney Consumer Products and spearheaded implementation of collectibles and licensed products worldwide. He has also designed comic books, comic strips, coloring books, and more. Join animation expertLeslie Combemale of ArtInsights for a spotlight on Willie’s life, including the part of his childhood spent in a Japanese internment camp that inspired his most recent venture, a series of children’s picture books based on the experience.
Saturday July 26, 2014 3:00pm – 4:00pm
This release in conjunction with Willie Ito’s appearance at Comic-Con International will have the limited editions available to see in person at Ito’s location in Artists’ Alley, where they can be ordered. They are also available starting today through the ArtInsights website.
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With nearly 60 years as an animation artist, Willie Ito has done it all. He worked at Disney on Lady and the Tramp’s spaghetti scene with mentor Iwao Takamoto and on One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera Doc at Warner Bros’ famed Termite Terrace under Chuck Jones’ direction. He went on to The Beany and Cecil Show with Bob Clampett and then Hanna Barbera for the beginnings of The Flintstones,The Jetsons and many other cartoons. After HB he went to Disney Consumer Products and spearheaded implementation of collectibles and licensed products worldwide! He has also designed comic books, comic strips, coloring books, and more. He also spent part of his childhood in a Japanese internment camp, which inspired his most recent venture, a series of children’s picture books based on the experience.
ABOUT ARTINSIGHTS ANIMATION AND FILM ART GALLERY
ArtInsights, established in 1994, is a privately owned gallery located just outside of Washington, DC at Reston Town Center, in Virginia. The gallery presents important images from the 20th and 21st century film art genre, including original art from the masters of film and moving entertainment. From film campaign artists to concept and layout artists to animators, ArtInsights represents a wide collection from the giants and up and comers of film art. With over 30 years experience, the owners work with their worldwide collector base to build and insure the integrity of their collections. They sell rare images used in production as well as original commissions which are often used to create official limited editions. ArtInsights exclusively represents the original art of John Alvin, Casey Robin, and Ben Curtis Jones, and also exhibits Tim Rogerson, Jim Salvati, Mike Kungl, Chuck Jones, Christian Waggoner, Steve Chorney, Mary Grandpre and and many other artists made famous by their work for the major Hollywood studios. Featured studios include Disney, Hanna Barbera, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox, in a display of images from the best classic movies and animated features of the last 100 years as well as newer classics like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Star Trek. You can see more on their website, and learn more on their web magazine, as well as hear movie reviews by owner Leslie Combemale’s alter ego, Cinema Siren, on over 600 Patch sites nationwide or through artinsightsmagazine.com. ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery is located at 11921 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190. For more information, call 703-478-0778 and visit www.ArtInsights.com.