Disney Duo – The Ellenshaws

"The Mad Hatter's Tea Party" - Harrison Ellenshaw

“The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” – Harrison Ellenshaw

There are many artists out there who have done their own takes on the beloved characters in the Disney family.  However, few can also say that they were the actual artists who painted the mattes used for visual effects purposed in the Disney movies themselves.  Peter Ellenshaw, and his son Harrison, can claim that fame.  Beginning with “Treasure Island”, Peter developed a relationship with Walt Disney that brought much success for everyone involved.  Peter and Walt became friends and ultimately, Ellenshaw worked on 34 films for Disney.  Peter won an Oscar for Best Special Visual Effects for his work on “Mary Poppins”.  In 1993, he was named a Disney Legend and commissioned to create original fine art reflection storylines from many classic Disney movies.  Follwing in his footsteps, Peter’s son Harrison also got into the special effects industry.  The father and son collaborated on the Disney picture, “Black Hole”, well known for its production and special effects.  Harrison’s success at Disney and with other films, such as the Star Wars franchise, led Disney to appoint him director of the highly acclaimed Buena Vista Visual Effects studio.  To date, he has contributed to over 50 films, oversaw the full length digital restoration of “Snow White”, and managed a fine art career on the side.  Between the two of them, Peter and Harrison have built a vast portfolio of truly collectible fine art, and their Disney art is especially unique, given their professional association with each film.

Peter and Harrison collaborated on this painting, which features Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Christopher Robin.  All the gold and yellow leaves are great for throwing at each other, because no one gets hurt and it’s fun to watch them falling gently to the ground.

Available Editions:

28″ x 20″ open edition on paper

28″ x 20″ open edition on canvas

“Fantasia” (1940) was a breakthrough feature length film integrating eight classical musical compositions with dramatic animated visuals. One of the most memorable sequences from that film is the ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice.’ Again, Peter Ellenshaw has created a very powerful and spectacular piece showing the many forces of nature — the ocean’s waves, the planets and stars — all about to overwhelm and humble our dear Mickey Mouse.  From Peter- “Try as we all might; it’s only a dream when we think we can control nature’s all powerful forces. Mickey, the overly ambitious sorcerer’s apprentice, had to learn the hard way that real magic must be truly understood… and appreciated, before it can ever be controlled.”

Available Editions:  36″ x 24″ signed and numbered limited edition giclee on canvas

lets go fly a kite

“Let’s Go Fly a Kite” – Harrison Ellenshaw

When the wind changes, Mary Poppins leaves the Banks household as Mr. Banks reveals to Jane and Michael that he has fixed the errant kite. The family goes outside to fly the kite along with Bert, the chimney sweep and the bankers who reinstate Mr. Banks to the board.

Available Editions: 24″ x 36″ signed and numbered limited edition giclee on canvas

“The spell of evil can only be undone by the might of a more powerful good.” -Peter Ellenshaw

The film titled “Sleeping Beauty” (1959) is an adaptation of the fairy tale by the same name. When the beautiful Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent, only a Prince can save her. Peter Ellenshaw captures the daring of Prince Phillip as he races to save Princess Aurora.

Available Editions: 36″ x 24″ signed and numbered limited edition giclee on canvas

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