Until July 18 the Silver K Gallery in High Street Armadale are running an exhibition of original animation art. I love the Silver K Gallery and used to go there all the time when I worked at a place around the corner fifteen years ago. Back in the mid-1990s collecting animation art was quite a trendy thing to do, and Silver K had another branch in either Southland or Chadstone. There was also the Animation Art Gallery that was nearby in South Yarra, but to my knowledge that has since closed down, as has the Warner Bros Studio Store and all of the Disney Stores that were in Australia. It seems that since about 2001 everyone has forgotten about the great animated cartoons of the golden age and Silver K’s Armidale store is the only place in Melbourne where you can still get animation art work.
I see that Gold 104 has been heavily advertising the Disney exhibition and are giving away a sericel to promote it. Firstly I must say that despite what Gold 104 have been saying THIS IS NOT AN ORIGINAL ANIMATION CEL. IT WAS NOT USED IN A CARTOON. Instead it is what is known as a sericel, which according to Animation USA is…
Serigraphy, the printing term for the silk-screen process, is a fine art process in which editions are created by meticulously screening the colors of an image onto the back of an acetate cel or the surface of fine art paper or canvas – one color at a time. The image is separated into its individual colors, then each is transferred onto a stretched screen of silk which acts like a stencil. Inks are forced through the stretched screen onto a cel, fine art paper or canvas, one color at a time. When all of the individual colors are screened onto the cel or paper, together they form the complete image. Silk-screened cels – called sericels – are typically modest in price since their edition sizes are open or large, and are not hand-signed. Limited edition serigraphs on paper or canvas are typically hand-signed by the artist indicating their personal approval of each work of art, then individually numbered to identify each work of art as a part of the total edition.
Still it does look nice and appears to be based on the 1938 Donald Duck cartoon Donald’s Better Self. It looks so nice that I have entered the competition myself, in the hopes of winning. There are other nice works featured in the exhibition including a sericel based on Magician Mickey, which I like.
There’s also a painting of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who predated Mickey and was a star in the late 1920s, until Walt Disney lost control of the character.
I also like the silk screen paintings of the cartoon posters such as that for Goofy & Wilbur, Goofy’s first solo cartoon.