Myth & Magic: Artwork of Gerald McDermott
Dream weaver, tale spinner, portrayer of visions, and interpreter of the human spirit: Gerald McDermott is all of these and more. Through bold, graphic renderings of timeless tales from around the world, McDermott communicates a deep understanding of the transformative power of myth. His work is an evocation of the human quest for unity and completeness.
Myth & Magic: Artwork of Gerald McDermott features over 50 original illustrations — mostly gouache, colored pencil, and pastel — from 12 picture books. Creator of over 25 books and films, McDermott began studying art at a young age, attending classes at his hometown's Detroit Institute of Arts from age four to fourteen. Upon high school graduation, he was awarded a National Scholastic scholarship to New York's Pratt Institute, and he also designed and directed his first animated film, The Stonecutter. McDermott toured Europe, visiting and exchanging ideas with filmmakers, before returning to Pratt to finish his degree and produce and direct a series of acclaimed animated films on folklore with renowned mythologist, Joseph Campbell, as consultant.
Picture books followed. McDermott's first, Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti, was named a Caldecott Honor Book. Many of his subsequent books have become classics with millions of readers, including Arrow to the Sun: A Tale from the Pueblo, which won the coveted Caldecott Medal, and Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest, which was named a Caldecott Honor book. Illustrations from Arrow to the Sun and Raven are on view in the exhibition, along with art from Coyote, Creation, Papagayo, Zomo the Rabbit, and five other books.
Organized by National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.
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