Cool Head, Warm Heart

Steven Abel Hart | United Kingdom

Mixed Media

Pop Art

32" x 28" x 1.75"


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    Art Description: This is a multi-layered portrait of the animation genius, Walt Disney. The background collage is comprised of many cut out images of Disney's famous cartoon characters. Each image was cut out and pasted together by hand to form a colourful and complex collage in the shape of a heart, showing the love the cartoon characters have for their creator. The actual portrait of Disney was created on fine quality cartridge paper using 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7 technical pencils for the initial drawing, then one royal blue colour pencil, to render all of the tone and detail in the face and hair. Once the portrait and complex background collage was completed, it was then attached to the surface of a mirror, as an homage to the “mirror, mirror on the wall" part of the 'Sleeping Beauty" story, then finally framed with a beautiful decorative and ornate double layered frame. The crazy urban myth that Walt Disney had his head/body cryonically frozen when he died in 1966, was what inspired me to create this portrait. The rumour has circulated for many years, but has been proven to be untrue. But, I think it makes for a fantastic story, especially for a man who is world renowned for spinning fantastic stories himself.


    Medium Used: Technical pencils and colour pencil. For the collage: cut out images from magazines, scans, print outs and photocopies. One quality mirror PVA glue, spray glue & double sided tape.


    Steven Abel Hart | United Kingdom

    While teaching Art, Design and Illustration in Scottish Further Education colleges for over 25 years Steven experimented with a wide variety of different drawing, painting and illustration styles and techniques, to produce many portrait commissions for private clients, family and friends. He started really experimenting with the layering of his work and the inclusion of collage and photo montage several years ago as he wanted his art works to be much more than just ‘simple portraits’. He wants each piece he creates to really tell the story of the person’s life, and be as different from other artists’ work as possible. Many of his new portraits are created at quite a large scale and take many months to complete as every single image in his complex and colourful background collages is cut out and pieced together by hand, making each piece completely unique.