American Art Collector - - Contents - MELISSA PECK Bon­ner David Gal­leries 7040 E. Main Street • Scotts­dale, AZ 85251 • (480) 941-8500 • www.bon­ner­

Pay­ing Homage

On Novem­ber 16, Bon­ner David Gal­leries will open its ex­hi­bi­tion for fig­u­ra­tive pain­ter Melissa Peck, who is dis­play­ing a solo show of new works for the first time in seven years. Af­ter the birth of her son five years ago, Peck scaled back on paint­ing but over the past year, with her son en­ter­ing kinder­garten, she has found ded­i­cated time for cre­at­ing again. For this show, the artist will be pay­ing homage to one of her artis­tic in­flu­ences, artist and an­i­ma­tor Mary Blair.

Blair is best known for her work at the Walt Dis­ney Com­pany, cre­at­ing con­cept art for films such as Alice in Won­der­land and Peter Pan and the “It’s a Small World” ride at Dis­ney theme parks. “There’s a flat­ness to Blair’s art­work, and my work is some­where be­tween flat and di­men­sional,” says Peck. “So in these new works, it made me ex­plore the flat­ness and the pat­terns more, as well as the colors she used.”

Blair also was the il­lus­tra­tor for the Lit­tle Golden Book I Can Fly, by Ruth Krauss, which has been of par­tic­u­lar in­spi­ra­tion to Peck. In her paint­ing Mary Blair, Peck pulls ref­er­ences from the cover into the work. “I’d say prob­a­bly my fa­vorite art that I’ve seen of hers is the cover of I Can Fly,” she says. “I pulled some things out of the image, and the waves in the

back­ground just hap­pened. The color in­spi­ra­tion came from her.”

The works in the show also high­light Peck’s love for vin­tage items. Her piece Lark was cre­ated specif­i­cally for a vin­tage oval frame she has, while paint­ings such as Beatrice and Franki de­pict fig­ures with vin­tage stuffed an­i­mals. The an­i­mals can be ones that Peck makes her­self, such as the black-and-white bear that Beatrice holds in her arms, or that she has col­lected, like the skunk in Franki’s pocket. Peck’s show will re­main on view at the gallery through De­cem­ber 3.

1Mary Blair, oil on panel, 11 x 9"1

2Beatrice, oil on panel, 14 x 11"2


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