|Exhibition:||IX Gallery Inaugural Show|
16" x 21", acrylic on board. 1990.
In 1865, Lewis Carroll wrote one of the most popular fantasy novels of all time -- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Since its original publication, this story is so popular among children and adults that it has been adapted for movies, plays, television, and illustrated editions.
In 1990, Greg Hildebrandt took on one of the greatest challenges of his career when he decided to do his own illustrated edition of Alice in Wonderland. His love of the Disney movie and many of the illustrated books that had already been published made this a daunting task for him. Why? Because Greg wanted his Alice to look completely different from everything that had been done in the past. Greg struggled and nearly drove himself as mad as the Mad Hatter, but ultimately, his illustrated classic was a huge success! Greg put his heart and soul into the Alice in Wonderland paintings, and says that the moment he truly embraced this project was when he, too, fell down the rabbit hole.
This scene depicts one of the many unique characters Alice encounters in Wonderland. The Mock Turtle engages in a conversation with the main character Alice and the Gryphon. They discuss the Mock Turtle’s hardships of not being able to fit in at his school in the sea.
As the odd character and Alice talk, one may notice that the turtle has the hooves, the head, and tail of a calf not a turtle. This is a pun and play on words and imagery. “The Mock Turtle’s” name is the name of a soup that is composed of those features.
This painting is set in a cotton candy colored sky that fits the mad and magical world that Alice experiences. In addition, the pastel pinks and purples set a soft mood for the scene as the Mock Turtle pours his heart out to Alice and the Gryphon.
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