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  • David Willardson

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    Art Brokerage: David Willardson American Artist: David Willardson is now the creative force of the "Pep Art Movement," an innovative new genre where cultural icons are rendered with an unprecedented infusion of color, personality, and energy. Unlike traditional "pop art" however, the subject's of Willardson's "pep" imagery are not soup cans or Brillo boxes; they are classic Disney characters. Lurking behind his beloved Disney characters, Willardson discovered a team of animation geniuses that had left an indelible mark on American culture. He sought about learning their craft in order to figure out what made his heroes tick. "As a young kid, I studied them in minutiae," Willardson remembers. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design, Willardson burst onto the entertainment art scene. His passion for the craft and his natural creativity opened doors which allowed him to produce internationally known images, such as the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" movie logo and the classic "American Graffiti" car hop. In the 1970s, Willardson was asked by an ad agency to do a painting of Goofy for Walt Disney World. "I rendered it photo realistically," he says, "just a living being, with dimension, shading, core values and rim lighting." The ad ran nationally and Jeffrey Katzenburg (head of animation at Disney), spotted it. He then called Willardson and asked if he was interested in taking that same approach for a new look for the Disney animated movies, both Classic and New. The first poster Willardson created for Disney (and Katzenburg) was for the re-release movie poster for "Bambi." His fully rendered images for the Disney animated movie posters are still the most widely used to date. This seventeen-year relationship with Disney created such well-known movie posters, such as "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "The Lion King," "Oliver & Company," "Pocahontas," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Robin Hood," "The Fox & The Hound," "Beauty & The Beast" as well as Classics, such as "Snow White," Cinderella," "Pinocchio", "Jungle Book" (to name a few), earning him a permanent place in animation history. With joy, sadness, frustration, and exhilaration, Willardson's characters exude personality and soul first granted them by the old masters. "They are living legends to me," Willardson says, "just like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and James Dean." Listings wanted.

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Frontline 2004 - Huge Limited Edition Print - David Willardson NEW

David Willardson

Frontline 2004 - Huge

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Wove Paper, Hand Signed, From the Edition of 395

Size: 18x24 in  | 46x61 cm
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A Fine Feathered Friend 2007 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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A Fine Feathered Friend 2007

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 195

Size: 18x14 in  | 46x36 cm
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A Nose is a Nose is a Nose 2006 - Huge Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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A Nose is a Nose is a Nose 2006 - Huge

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Wove Paper w/ Deckled Edges, Hand Signed, From the Edition of 195

Size: 24x32 in  | 62x81 cm
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A Bird in the Hand 2007 - Huge Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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A Bird in the Hand 2007 - Huge

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Wove Paper, Hand Signed, From the Edition of 495

Size: 22x30 in  | 56x76 cm
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Amouzement 2006 43x31 Huge Original Painting - David Willardson

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Amouzement 2006 43x31 Huge

Original Painting: Acrylic on Canvas, Hand Signed

Size: 36x24 in  | 91x61 cm
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A Fine Feathered Friend 2007 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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A Fine Feathered Friend 2007

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Size: 14x18 in  | 36x46 cm
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Very Important Piglet 2007 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

David Willardson

Very Important Piglet 2007

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 495

Size: 21x16 in  | 53x41 cm
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Pinocchio 2007 Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

David Willardson

Pinocchio 2007 Embellished

Limited Edition Print: Hand Embellished Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the Edition of 495

Size: 36x12 in  | 91x30 cm
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Mmmmmm II Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Mmmmmm II

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Size: 16x13 in  | 41x33 cm
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Happily Ever Laughter Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Happily Ever Laughter

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Size: 24x18 in  | 61x46 cm
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What's So Dog Gone Funny AP Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

David Willardson

What's So Dog Gone Funny AP Embellished

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A Fine Feathered Friend AP 2007 Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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A Fine Feathered Friend AP 2007 Embellished

Limited Edition Print: Hand Embellished Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the AP edition of 500

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Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy 2007 Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy 2007 Embellished

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Hair of the Dog 2007 Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Hair of the Dog 2007 Embellished

Limited Edition Print: Hand Embellished Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 495

Size: 24x18 in  | 61x46 cm
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Happy Daze 2006 Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Happy Daze 2006 Embellished

Limited Edition Print: Hand Embellished Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 495

Size: 16x13 in  | 41x33 cm
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Pinocchio 2007  Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Pinocchio 2007 Embellished

Limited Edition Print: Hand Embellished Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 495

Size: 36x12 in  | 91x30 cm
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Thay Thumpin Nice 2007 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

David Willardson

Thay Thumpin Nice 2007

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Deckled Edge Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 495

Size: 12x16 in  | 30x41 cm
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Very Important Piglet 2007 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Very Important Piglet 2007

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Size: 21x13 in  | 53x33 cm
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Bambi the Buck Stops Here 2007 Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Bambi the Buck Stops Here 2007 Embellished

Limited Edition Print: Hand Embellished Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 195

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Keep It Under Your Hat 2007 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Keep It Under Your Hat 2007

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Deckle-Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 195

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Keeping It Light AP 2007 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Keeping It Light AP 2007

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Wood-n It Be Nice AP Embellished  - Pinnochio Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Wood-n It Be Nice AP Embellished - Pinnochio

Limited Edition Print: Hand Embellished Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the AP edition of 3

Size: 15x10 in  | 38x25 cm
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A Chipper Chirper (Jiminy Cricket)  AP Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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A Chipper Chirper (Jiminy Cricket) AP Embellished

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Oh Deer Me (Bambi) AP Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Oh Deer Me (Bambi) AP Embellished

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Squeeze Play (Mickey And Pluto) Embellished Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Squeeze Play (Mickey And Pluto) Embellished

Limited Edition Print: Hand Embellished Serigraph on Deckle Edged Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 25

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Hair of the Dog 2007 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Hair of the Dog 2007

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Deckle Edge Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 495

Size: 28x18 in  | 71x46 cm
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a Fine Feathered Friend 14x18 Unique Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

David Willardson

a Fine Feathered Friend 14x18 Unique

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Canvas, Hand Signed, 75/295

Size: 14x18 in  | 36x46 cm
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Donald Duck 2005 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

David Willardson

Donald Duck 2005

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph in Color on Woven Paper, Hand Signed, From the AP edition of 20

Size: 16x14 in  | 41x34 cm
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Xoxo 2005 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

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Xoxo 2005

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Wove Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 495

Size: 32x16 in  | 81x41 cm
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Rock And Roar 2005 Limited Edition Print - David Willardson

David Willardson

Rock And Roar 2005

Limited Edition Print: Serigraph on Wove Paper, Hand Signed, From the edition of 495

Size: 32x16 in  | 81x41 cm
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