Academy Exhibits Wong’s Classic Bambi Art

Fans of Tyus Wong, the renowned artist behind the amazing illustrations for Disney’s 1942 classic feature, Bambi, will get a chance to see his classic art on display at the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new exhibit in Beverly Hills. The free exhibit, titled ‘The Art of Motion Picture Illustrator: William B. Major, Harold Michelson and Tyrus Wong’ opens Friday, September 28 and runs through December 15, 2007.

Showcasing more than 110 color and black-and-white storyboards, sketches and watercolor renderings, the exhibit also features illustrations created during the production of live-action movies such as The Birds, The Graduate and Dick Tracy.

As the tools available to motion picture artists continue to change, the impressive skills of Major, Michelson and Wong define an era when the film industry prized art school training and an ability to paint and draw quickly at the highest professional levels.

Major and Wong attended Otis Art Institute, while Michelson studied at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute in New York. Wong worked for three years at Disney, where his distinctive watercolor style shaped the entire look of Bambi. He then went to Warner Bros., where he illustrated for three decades.

The Academy’s galleries, located at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.oscars.org/events.