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Walt Disney Art Director Goes Solo at CTN’s “Center Stage Gallery”

Walt Disney Art Director Goes Solo at CTN's “Center Stage Gallery”

Mike Gabriel is best known for his contributions as Director and Art Director on some of the highest grossing films in the history of animation at Walt Disney Animation such as Pocahantas, Wreck it Ralph and the Academy Award nominated short film Lorenzo during his 30 year career at the studio. The Creative Talent Network is currently presenting his first solo art exhibition “The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel” at Center Stage Gallery in Burbank, CA. 

The gallery exhibit is featuring over fifty originals and hundreds of prints that are both display and for sale, all of which exhibit playful examples of a full career at Walt Disney Animation. Additionally CTN Press has created a 96-page, full color companion book that includes work from Mike’s career and contributing words from Mike’s colleagues such as Lorelay Bovè Art Director, Chris Buck Walt Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Director, Ralph Eggleston Production Designer Pixar Animation Studios, Paul Felix Production Designer Walt Disney Animation, Glen Keane Legendary Animator, John Musker award winning Animation Director and many. The gallery is also hosting a book signing and launch event on May 17th with many of the contributors in attendance. 

The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel 
April 17, 2015 – May 31, 2015 
Center Stage Gallery 
847 Hollywood Way 
Burbank, CA 91505

Special Book Launch Event 
May 17th, 2015 1:00pm – 4:00pm 
Artist in attendance

For more information about “The Fearless Art of Mike Gabriel” book and exhibit, please visit http://www.centerstagegallery.com.

About the Artist: Mike Gabriel has been playing a key creative role at Walt Disney Animation Studios for over thirty years, working in a variety of capacities including director, animator, storyman, character designer, visual development, production designer and art director. In the latter capacity, he most recently helped to create some of the wildly imaginative and visually stunning gaming worlds for Disney’s Oscar®-nominated 2012 comedy adventure, “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Gabriel has co-directed two Disney features – “The Rescuers Down Under” (1990) and the Oscar®-winning “Pocahontas” (1995) – as well as the Oscar®-nominated 2004 short, “Lorenzo.” For the latter, Gabriel designed the characters, storyboarded the film, painted all the backgrounds, and was responsible for the production design. “Lorenzo” was based on an idea by Disney legend Joe Grant, who was Gabriel’s friend and mentor.

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