Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, still working in top form at the advanced age of 76, has often been anointed the "Japanese Walt Disney," but even that flattering title still doesn't fully articulate the myriad artistic facets and contributions this animation magician has manifested.
Miyazaki Art Show, a whimsical three-day exhibition at Spoke Art NYC opening this evening, will showcase a collection of tribute artworks in all media inspired by the master's films, such as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, The Wind Rises, Kiki's Delivery Service, Ponyo, and more.
The illuminating show runs September 29-October 1 and spotlights more than 100 global artists and their original oil paintings, watercolors, limited-edition prints, sculptures, and sketches, all derived from the evocative imagery, complex characters, and deep spiritual themes present in Miyazaki's imaginative resume of anime classics.
Their opening reception begins tonight from 6-10 p.m. at Spoke Art, at 210 Rivington Street in New York City, and costumes are highly encouraged. Several of the participating artists will be in attendance.
Check out this extensive preview galley of artworks that will be adorning the walls this weekend and tell us which ones catch your eye.