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Alli Lefcort

”A bit of a star-gazer,” is how Allison Lefcort describes herself… painting since early childhood Lefcort has never lost sight of the stars. From Lefcort’s first exhibition in New York City, at the age of seventeen, to her most recent tour of Japan, Lefcort’s works have been displayed in some of the most prestigious museums and fine art galleries in the world.

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‍”A bit of a star-gazer,” is how Allison Lefcort describes herself… painting since early childhood Lefcort has never lost sight of the stars. From Lefcort’s first exhibition in New York City, at the age of seventeen, to her most recent tour of Japan, Lefcort’s works have been displayed in some of the most prestigious museums and fine art galleries in the world.

In 1996 Lefcort was commissioned to create the portrait of then First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Senator Clinton was presented this portrait during the Women's Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee.

Lefcort was also commissioned to paint the portrait of their Royal Highnesses the King and Queen of Jordan. It was that same portrait of the late King Hussein that was featured in an interview with Queen Noor conducted by Katie Couric on the Today Show.

Through the years Lefcort has been a strong supporter of such charitable organizations as Best Buddies, MusiCares, Muzak Heart & Soul Foundation, Seeds of Peace, The Chris Evert Tennis Classic, United Cerebral Palsy, GLAAD, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Johns Hopkins Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation, and CancerLink.

Lefcort has painted recipients of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy’s) Humanitarian Award including Sting, Phil Collins, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, Luciano Pavarotti, Gloria Estefan, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, and Stevie Wonder. These portraits currently hang in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences offices in Los Angeles.

Lefcort’s paintings are part of the permanent collections of The Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios Orlando, Warner Brothers Studios, Viacom’s MTV & VH1, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Her Royal Highness Queen Noor of Jordan, Luciano Pavarotti, Deborah Gibson, Dionne Warwick, Tears For Fears, and The Indigo Girls.

In her own words, Lefcort explains her ‘inspiration of celebrity.’

"My art has been greatly influenced by the boldness of Andy Warhol and simplicity of Keith Haring. That boldness and simplicity are the keys to unlocking the imagery. The vibrant colors of the background set the tone, as the shapes and shadows bring the portrayal to life."

Artwork Collections

Illustiration Art Collection

Like Norman Rockwell, Seuss personally created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, final line drawing and finished work for each page of every project he illustrated. Despite the technical and budgetary limitations of color printing during the early and mid-twentieth century, Dr. Seuss the artist was meticulous about color selection. He created specially numbered color charts and elaborate color call-outs to precisely accomplish his vision for each book. Saturated reds and blues, for example, were carefully chosen for The Cat in the Hat to attract and maintain the visual attention of a six-year-old audience. By the time Seuss’s book career took off, sharp draftsman skills were evident in drawings. His ability to move a storyline ahead via illustrations filled with tension, movement and color became a hallmark component of his work, and the surreal images that unfolded over six decades became the catalyst for a humorous and inspired learning experience.

Bronze Collection

Artist Leo Rijn, the inaugural sculptor for the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, was selected to launch this project due to his prized work with some of today’s top talent in the world of film, entertainment and the visual arts (including Tim Burton, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg). Rijn has been identified as one of today’s brightest sculpting talents because of his ability to breathe life into the written word and successfully transform two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional works of art. Universal Studios commissioned Leo to develop and oversee the creation of numerous maquette scale models for the Monumental Dr. Seuss Sculptures at Seuss Landing in Orlando, Florida. Leo was instrumental in the art direction for many of the sculpted characters and buildings now on display at this permanent Seuss attraction. His strikingly accurate Seuss works embody a masterful and intuitive Seussian sensibility, establishing him as a leading talent in interpretive sculpting.

Taxidermy Colletion

Seuss embarked on an ingenious project in the early 1930s as he evolved from two-dimensional artworks to three-dimensional sculptures. What was most unusual for these mixed-media sculptures was the use of real animal parts including beaks, antlers and horns from deceased Forest Park Zoo animals where Seuss’s father was superintendent. Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy was born in a cramped New York apartment and included a menagerie of inventive creatures with names like the “Two Horned Drouberhannis,” “Andulovian Grackler,” and “Semi-Normal Green-Lidded Fawn.” Shortly after Seuss created this unique collection of artworks, Look Magazine dubbed Seuss “The World’s Most Eminent Authority on Unheard-Of Animals.” To this day, Seuss’s Unorthodox Collection of Taxidermy remains as some of the finest examples of his inventive and multi-dimensional creativity.

 

Secret Art & Archives

Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Seuss created a body of irrepressible work that redefines this American icon as an iconographic American artist. Yet, the Secret Art often shows a side of the artist that most readers, familiar with him through his classic children’s books, have never seen. This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, encompasses the entirety of Seuss’s multi-dimensional talent. The artistic golden thread highlighted throughout this collection is apparent in each wildly imaginative and surreal Secret Art image. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is an inimitable collection of artworks created at night for his own personal enjoyment. These works were rarely, if ever, exhibited during his lifetime and provide a deeper glimpse into the art and life of this celebrated American Icon.

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