I mainly know Maverix Studios just for the amazing art auctions that they hold. Following WonderCon, we went to Maverix’s One ひとつ Art Auction Benefit for Japan Relief at SuperFrog Gallery in New People. I know I use “amazing” as much as your average wannabe socialite clawing for airtime through untenable one-liner reviews of runway shows they don’t deserve to witness, but really – the stuff at Maverix Studios auctions is amazing. All proceeds from the silent auction, donations, and cash-and-carry Pixar corner – $30,605! – are being sent to Artists Help Japan Fund with Mercy Corps.
I didn’t snap pictures of all the art available, but you can ogle the pieces in Digital 2-D at Maverix’ blog. Every one of the fifty donated pieces sold. No surprise there.
I’m sure you’ll see why the below are my faves, so I did my best to gather information about each artist. More in my Flickr set.
Dice Tsutsumi, Pixar
Dice Tsutsumi is one of the first artists that I learned about when I first started going to these animators-after-hours things with Bill. I forever regret not bidding on the first piece of his that I saw. His broad strokes are amazing, and he has such a way of creating childlike charm in everything he does. He’s one of my definite favorites. A Dice Tsutsumi original is on my One Day List, right up there with a Proenza Schouler bag.
“Godzilla” – Lou Romano, Pixar
One time I was late to a party. Bill told me how “Lou Romano” was there. I did not know who Lou Romano was. Bill said he was the voice of Linguini in Ratatouille. I had just missed Linguini. True story.
“Hot, Cold” – Alex Puvilland, Dreamworks
This snow monkey is made of ink on paper! You’d think it’s digital, what with the stark black and intentional lines and snowflakes.
“I love to draw japanese streets with strange characters in them, this is drawn from a photo I took in Gyon, Kyoto. A fox, a badger and a kappa are mourning over a little dead goldfish.” –Enrico Casarosa
Full shot here.
Ronnie Del Carmen, Pixar
While it is an undeniably beautiful and sad image, at first I didn’t get the reference to Alice in Wonderland. Hardcore animators can pick up on the Mary Blair colors and shapes in Ronnie Del Carmen’s piece, and as it turns out Japan holds significant weight in Del Carmen’s mind because it was the site of an internationally renowned Mary Blair exhibit.
“Japan is my Disneyland,” Del Carmen is quoted as saying in Maverix’ blog. “I wish for all to be well and a swift recovery.”
There were a number that I’d consider bidding on, but I guess I’m a little thin-skinned. If I actually won and possessed one of these pieces, I’d feel a wave of sadness every time I looked at it.