RAW : Gallery: THE STREETS Exhibit - Ralph Bakshi, May 3-25, Opening Reception & Artist Talk May 3
RALPH BAKSHI: THE STREETS Exhibit
in conjunction with PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG'S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED, ILLUSTRATED + PUPPET FILM ( http://www.plastic-paper.org
Exhibit May 3-25, 2011
Opening Vernissage and Artist Talk - May 3, 5-11pm
This bold series of mixed-media construction/paintings was inspired by the gritty and colorful neighborhoods of Bakshi’s youth in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. As a first-time collaboration between Big Smash! Productions and RAW:Gallery, this exhibit will run from May 3rd-25 at RAW:Gallery in Winnipeg’s historic exchange district. At the opening vernissage for his visual arts exhibit, THE STREETS, RALPH BAKSHI will talk about his past work as an independent animator as well as his shift to visual arts over the past decade.
Active for over half a century, Ralph Bakshi is a self-taught artist who was initially inspired by The Ashcan School, and later by the Abstract Expressionists. New York City provided the physical and cultural environment that nurtured Bakshi's imagination and that of his contemporaries; Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon and Chiam Soutine were his strongest influences. Bakshi made his name and living via animated films – the Spider Man television series, Fritz the Cat, Coonskin, Heavy Traffic, Lord of the Rings and Wizards among them - but after the release of American Pop in 1981 he became sedulously dedicated to his passionate dream of pursuing a career as a fine artist. While gaining renown for creating and directing cutting-edge and fiercely creative films that delivered a profound social impact, Bakshi developed a work ethic that has served him well in his private studio.