DISNEY LIMITED EDITION: AT HOME IN THE WILD
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Inspired by Walt Disney’s 1967 Animated Film The Jungle Book and features Mowgli and his friends playing in the jungle pond.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Limited edition prints are reproductions of an original piece of art work. The giclée prints on canvas are museum quality prints that last the upwards of 100 years. Giclée printing is a process that uses fade-resistant, archival inks and archival substrates to print on large format printers. The run of prints are capped at a specific number. Limited edition prints can be more valuable to art collectors than prints without a restricted number of copies because of the rarity of the prints. Each piece is hand-numbered and embellished by the artist. Each piece also includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michael Humphries passion to become an artist began as a youngster growing up in Tampa, Florida. Michael knew his destiny was to draw and paint, and when his family moved to Long Beach, California, his artistic abilities blossomed. Throughout high school, Michael sought every opportunity to observe nature and create art. While in his second year of college, Michael was drafted and served as a member of the Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division’s Combat Art Team in Vietnam. Upon his return, Michael continued his art education at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he currently teaches.
Michael’s professional career began at Walt Disney Studios. While still a student at Art Center, Michael was asked to join Disney’s Feature Animation team as a background artist. Michael’s film credits include The Great Mouse Detective, The Rescuers Down Under, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as Academy Award® winners Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Lion King. He continued with Disney as art director for The Steadfast Tin Soldier segment of Fantasia 2000, as well as two musical shorts, One by One and the Academy Award® nominated short film The Little Match Girl. Michael was nominated for an Annie Award as production designer on Sony Pictures’ first 3D animated movie, Open Season. For his dedication to the art of animation, Michael was elected to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Michael’s paintings exhibit his fascination with the American landscape and continue to remind us to examine intimate designs in our world that we take for granted while inspiring us to discover those “little things” in nature as well. His attention to detail draws viewers into his paintings and compels them to stay awhile.
Michael resides with his wife and daughter in Studio City, California. Sagebrush Fine Art, Salt Lake City, Utah, reproduces his fine art prints.
ABOUT THE FILM: The Jungle Book is a 1967 animated musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. Based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 book of the same name, it is the 19th Disney animated feature film. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, it was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during its production. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral child raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, as his friends Bagheera, the panther, and Baloo, the bear, try to convince him to leave the jungle before the evil tiger Shere Khan arrives.
The Jungle Book was released on October 18, 1967, to positive reception, with acclaim for its soundtrack, featuring five songs by the Sherman Brothers and one by Gilkyson, The Bare Necessities. The film initially became Disney's second-highest-grossing animated film in the United States and Canada.