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The Art of Michael Bedard

GAR AwardMortal KombatSuzuki Flute School, Cassette Volume 8 & 9Search DVDs--DVD Only--VHS OnlyAll of Shopping . Advanced Search. Web SearchMontblanc - Edgar Allan Poe - 1998AbstractoAnimalesArquitecturaBodegonesCineCocinaDeportesDesnudosEtnicaFloresFotografíaInfantilMapas y PlanosNaturalezaObjetosPersonasTransporteVintageArtistasYo Ho Video - Press Release 12.99Buy or borrow this book!Shop with confidence at Art :The duck character was an excellent choice because of the nature of the animal itself. Even though a duck is vulnerable to attack by superior forces, this wonderful creature displays an aggressive attitude when confronted by danger. The duck's only defense is this bluff that creates uncertainty and fear with its adversaries. This attitude is what has made the duck an appropriate icon for challenging the problems that threaten us all.The duck characters immediately struck a chord with people about how fragile we feel in these modern times. The illusion that creature comforts create a safety zone from the dangers of life is so pervasive that many actually hide behind these paper-thin walls and feel protected.The Sitting Duck message pokes a funny hole through this fragile concept. It shows that even when one is having a safe moment relaxing with friends on a lounge chair with a favorite drink; one can suddenly become a target of one of life's merciless hunters. That theme of vulnerability carries through the Bedard duck series and has allowed the artist to expand his concept to examine the frailty of politics ( Failure of Marxism and Failure of Capitalism ) and even relationships ( Living Together and Ship of Fools ).Bedard says, I had no idea that these little characters would become so popular but I take great pleasure in that they've become universally accepted. As an artist, I am grateful to be able to communicate through a vehicle that transcends all language and cultural barriers. Bedard's work, both on the canvas and on the screen, is characterized by his uncanny ability to create an image with depth in both artistic quality and meaning. There is nearly always a social commentary that lies underneath his whimsical imagery. One must look beyond the simple visual statement employed by the composition to the real purpose of the painting -- usually an important social issue that concerns us all.Like many artists whose work is deceptively simple, Bedard is not. He is a complex and highly intelligent man. He labors over each work he creates, painstakingly researching the issues, the treatment of the characters and the effect on the viewer, executing drawing after drawing before he ever sets out to create the final product.As the work of Michael Bedard has grown, so has his worldwide appeal and marketability. In Japan, Bedard is thought of in almost 'superstar' status, beginning with a series of commercials that he did for Akai in the 1980's, continuing his success with The Santa Claus Brothers magazine covers and culminating with his successful Sitting Ducks television show and merchandising campaign.Michael Bedard has had numerous sold out one-man exhibitions in and around his current Los Angeles residence. His children's book, Sitting Ducks , has won three prestigious international awards for children's literature and his children's television show of the same name is tremendously popular in 48 countries. In Japan nearly one out of two children watch the show. In 2001, Bedard received an Emmy Award for his made-for-TV movie, The Santa Claus Brothers , which aired on Disney, YTV and ABC.Forever a student, Bedard is extremely knowledgeable about the history of world art. His large, airy home and studio in a remote section of the greater Los Angeles area is filled to the rafters with well-thumbed art and reference books.What isn't commonly known about Bedard is the wealth of material he has created over the last thirty years that has never been published -- works of art that are as wonderful and innovative as the ducks are amusing. Some of these include The Cubist Brothers as well as Quatro . It's that body of work which inspires the business direction behind OXO Art -- to introduce these other wonderful works to the art world at large and to fuel Bedard's creativity and energy to explore new creative ideas.Sitting Ducks are the creation of world-renown poster artist and Emmy Award winning producer Michael Bedard who sees his hatchlings as the perfect instrument with which to express his wry, slightly dark sense of humor and his own brand of social commentary.Search for your favorite work of art or artist by keywordThe faliure of CapitalismMichael Bedard40x30 cms.19.00 euros March 2004Z:Zhan, CharlesWondrous Strange: New & Used Books Search Result for Wondrous StrangePC's rally to Williams version of AccordArmy chief in province on information missionHuge fish plant to close: 350 affectedEconomy prediction only fair for 2005Granny Brigade leader gets awardDruken's brother an informant: RNC officerBubble may be bursting on city real estateHockey bid shifts to Mount PearlByrne opens inquiry into CBS's affairsShort-term solution for Black Tickle waterSentencing circles still underused: counsellorartistMare WinninghamThe Year Without a Santa ClausEven Santa can suffer a case of the holiday blues. In this 1974 stop-motion holiday family favorite, a sparkly eyed Mrs. Claus (voiced by Shirley Booth) sings and tells about the year her hubby felt too weary and too unappreciated to prepare for his annual Christmas rounds. Mickey Rooney stars as the voice of Santa, a rosy-nosed puppet who travels incognito to Southtown in search of his tiniest reindeer, Vixen, and two well-meaning elves. Seems Mrs. Santa sent them to find proof of Christmas spirit--but all they've discovered is ambivalence about Santa's year off. Luckily, when Santa arrives and befriends a buck-toothed lad named Ignatius Thistlewhite, spirits begin to lift rapidly. Adult fans of this cousin to the 1970 television special Santa Claus Is Coming to Town will remember it as the Heat and Snow Miser movie. Their vaudevillian theme songs, complete with trombone and piano riffs, are hard to forget, but other treasured musical moments include I Believe in Santa Claus, I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You, and Here Comes Santa Claus. --Liane ThomasNestor the Long-Eared Christmas DonkeyThe wondrous story of Christ's birth is told by an unlikely source: Nestor, a gentle donkey with incredibly long ears and a first-hand knowledge of life in a stable. This simple tale, which takes place in the days of the Roman Empire, is about a humble couple about to take a long journey to Bethlehem and a small, insignificant donkey that is destined to help them along. By all outward appearances, Nestor does not deserve such a privilege. Stable animals tease him incessantly for his long appendages until, finally, he is cast out of the barn into the winter cold. Snow and ice bring about even greater calamity for Nestor until he receives a dose of divine goodness. Nestor meets Tilly, a heavenly cherub (voiced by Brenda Vaccaro) who imparts guidance to the despairing burro and tells him that soon he will be chosen to participate in a miracle involving a star, a baby, a lowly stable, and some travelers named Mary and Joseph. Short and sweet, this stop-motion Christmas gem from Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass is narrated by Roger Miller. Get out the hanky for an understated holiday classic that will appeal to families of all ages. --Lynn GibsonRudolph's Shiny New YearRudolph is legendary for saving Christmas, but did you know he saved the New Year as well? While Santa Claus is recuperating from his December sleigh ride, he receives a letter from an old friend, Father Time. Seems that Baby New Year is missing, and if the little tyke isn't found, Old Year will continue forever--a catastrophe for Father Time, whose job it is to keep things moving forward. A search party is essential, yet with such thick fog, there's only one reindeer fit for the job. Rudolph with your nose so bright, you've six days left to set things right, says Santa. Trouble hits immediately when Rudolph discovers that Aeon the Terrible, a big-beaked monster bird, is also searching for the missing baby. Rudolph gets help from a giant whale and a good-natured caveman, who dish up plenty of song and dance in between narrow escapes in their race against the end of the calendar year. Sound far-fetched? Perhaps, but it contains as much magic as its predecessors, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, all produced and directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., and written by the esteemed Romeo Muller. The same stop-motion animation we've grown to love is here as well, and narrator Red Skelton has as trusted a voice as Burl Ives and Fred Astaire. While the New Year holiday will never be as celebrated as Christmas, this title is a welcome addition to any Rankin and Bass collection of holiday films. --Lynn Gibson

 

 

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