|Exhibition:||IX Gallery Inaugural Show|
16" x 21", acrylic on board. 1985.
In 1900, 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', written by L. Frank Baum, was first published. The movie adaptation, 'The Wizard of Oz', was released in 1939 -- the year Greg and Tim Hildebrandt were born! Greg and Tim first saw the movie at age 7. Greg vividly remembers being terrified of the Wicked Witch of the West! Of course, we all know how much kids enjoy a good scare, thus making the Wicked Witch one of Greg's all time favorite villains! In 1985, Greg was asked by the editor of Unicorn Publishing to illustrate the Wizard of Oz as his next classic in Unicorn's Heirloom Series. So there he stood, 46 years after seeing the movie, terrified yet again. As an artist, illustrating Oz was a great challenge. Greg wanted desperately to do the art, but at the same time he needed to make sure that it was HIS OZ as he saw it. He did not want any relation to any other illustrations done before his, and especially did not want to be associated with the 1939 film. Greg spent almost a year working on the art for his illustrated edition of Oz.
Most of us know illustrated classics by the movies we see. Most of us have never read an original edition, so it was very important to Greg to choose scenes that no one would know existed in Oz. He had great fun depicting the different versions of the Great and Powerful Wizard of Oz, the Army of Oz, the Quadlings, and the China Clown. One of his favorite paintings is of the witch melting. To this day, the Wizard of Oz is one of Greg's favorite classics.
This painting illustrates the Wicked Witch of the West using the charm of the Golden cap to order the Winged Monkeys after Dorothy and her friends. The Winged Monkeys’ eyes glow in excitement to please the Wicked Witch and to complete their evil task!
One of the greatest villains of all times, the Wicked Witch is seen here in all her evil glory. With her dark and heavy cloak wrapped around her and her long silver hair flowing adds every bit of character to the painting.
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