We’ve gushed about the Wonderground Gallery in a blog post from way back in 2019. We described what it is and what it’s for, and we even highlighted some popular artists. However, we didn’t get to talk about any specific artwork. In this episode of Staff Picks, we’re correcting that and putting some of our personal favorites on display.
Swingin’est Place on Earth, by Brittney Lee
Brittney Lee is a visual development artist for Walt Disney Animation, but she’s done more than work on Wreck-It-Ralph and Frozen. She also produces standalone artwork, sometimes inspired by the Mouse House. “Swingin’est Place on Earth,” for example, shows several men and women dancing after dark. The bulbous gowns feature familiar Disney Parks attractions like Cinderella’s Castle and Space Mountain. It almost looks like something from Mary Blair, which is a high compliment.
Dinglehopper, by Neysa Bove
Neysa Bove stands out among the artists for her present position as head of costume design for another studio, Skydance Animation. Don’t let any sense of rivalry deceive you, though: Bove clearly has an affection for Disney. You can see it in her luscious Little Mermaid artwork, “Dinglehopper.” She portrays Ariel’s pure enchantment with her latest surface-world discovery, surrounded by aquatic foliage and her own freely flowing crimson mane.
Lady Tremaine Reigns, by John Coulter
Lady Tremaine stands out from the rogues’ gallery of Disney antagonists. While many are cartoonishly evil, she is a cold and abusive guardian — a type of villain that’s all too real. You can see some of that in John Coulter’s “Lady Tremaine Reigns,” designed to resemble an ornate portrait she’d hang in her own home. She sits in her finest accoutrement, bearing her trademark sneer. On her lap is Lucifer, the cat whose obvious displeasure reflects the hatred in his master’s soul.
Alice and Dinah, by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
We’d be remiss to talk about the Wonderground Gallery and not talk about Alice in Wonderland. Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s “Alice and Dinah” shines a spotlight on the star of the flick: Dinah, the title character’s adorable kitten. You can see her batting a notable pocketwatch, dangled by her human (drawn in Becket-Griffith’s babyface style). She didn’t get to join Alice’s adventure, but here she can enjoy the benefits of it without any of the danger.
The First Order: One Rule, by Joe Corroney
Since joining Lucasfilm in 1997, Joe Carroney has developed a mastery over painting Star Wars characters and vehicles. For proof of his skill, look no further than “The First Order: One Rule.” Captain Phasma points to the viewer like the famous Uncle Sam recruiting poster while Stormtroopers flank her. The masked Kylo Ren looms over all, while TIE fighters hover menacingly beside him. All are rendered in brilliant, near-photorealistic detail.
Wonderground Gallery Prints at Your WDW Store
Wonderground Gallery prints draw from hundreds of artists and cover an enormous range of styles. All can make wonderful gifts for fans of Disney and art in general. If you want one for your own wall or for a loved one’s enjoyment, feel free to shop at Your WDW Store.