A post in a different thread mentioned a photo versus a painting and how much more he enjoys looking at the former. It got me thinking about conceptual art and how it plays such a huge part of the Disney Empire whether it’s an animated/live action film, theme park design or attractions. The first name that comes to my mind is Herb Ryman. A superb artist, he was a production designer and illustrator for many years at MGM and 20th Century Fox Studios before taking his talents to Disney where he produced much of the concept art for Disneyland that enabled Walt to sell it to the investors. His flair for theatrics and use of color must have certainly impressed and swayed many of the skeptics who thought the idea of a theme park in an obscure place was preposterous.
I’ve always found his sketches and paintings mesmerizing. A major exhibition of his work was on tour about 15 years ago and made a stop at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, just down the road from the park. His work can readily be seen in the Disney Gallery and a book was published in 2000 titled “A Brush With Disney.”
Among the thousands of artists who’ve created the Disney Image and were responsible for the "look" of Disneyland over the past 75 years, Mr. Ryman deserves his name to be recognized among that vast pool of mostly anonymous talent. His vision really had a lot to do with the “magic” that we see today.
Here’s a site where you can see some of his work: