DISNEY TREASURES COLLECTION: WICKED CAPTAIN
MEDIUM: Hand-Embellished Giclée on Canvas
SIZE: 30" x 12"
EDITION SIZE: 95
ARTIST: Stephen Fishwick
ABOUT THE IMAGE: Inspired by the 1953 film Peter Pan. As Peter Pan takes Wendy to Neverland, the wicked pirate Captain Hook is never far away.
ABOUT THE MEDIUM: Limited edition prints are reproductions of an original piece of artwork. We offer giclée prints on canvas, which are museum-quality prints that last 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 is 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: Stephen Fishwick’s photo may not be found in Webster’s under the listing for “art,” but it should be because no other artist combines the elements they describe – sound, color, movement – that affect the aesthetic sense the way he does.
However, once his mother explained to him the perils of life as a starving artist, he simply declared, “Then I guess I’ll just be Spider-Man.” After the likelihood of that reality settled in, Stephen returned his heart to art and took his first formal painting class at age ten. It was in high school that his art first earned him accolades. With the persistence of his high school art teacher, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburg. Less than a year later, he started working as a professional artist, drawing portraits, caricatures and illustrations.
In 1996, Stephen began expanding his artistic education by studying traditional drawing and painting under Jeff Watts at the Watts Atelier of the Arts in Southern California. Influenced by a wide range of renowned painters, from Norman Rockwell to Salvador Dali, John Singer Sargent to J.C. Leyendecker, Stephen has created a style all his own. “Every day I fall in love with drawing the human face and form,” he says. “My sketchbooks are filled with drawings of life, from people to animals.”
In a career that has spanned over two decades, Stephen has earned widespread acclaim, but two achievements make him most proud: First, his philanthropic endeavors have raised over $1 million for different charities just since 2004. Second, Stephen is excited to become an official artist of Disney Fine Art, an honor that will allow him to paint Disney characters and bring his artwork to leagues of Disney fans around the world.
ABOUT THE FILM: Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated musical fantasy adventure-drama produced by Walt Disney Productions and was based on the 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. Directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, and Wilfred Jackson, it is the 14th Disney animated feature film and was originally released on February 5, 1953, by RKO Radio Pictures.
Peter Pan was the final Disney animated feature released through RKO before Walt Disney founded his own distribution company, Buena Vista Distribution, later in 1953 after the film was released. Peter Pan is also the final Disney film in which all nine members of Disney's Nine Old Men worked together as directing animators. It is also the second Disney animated film starring Kathryn Beaumont, Heather Angel, and Bill Thompson, who co-starred together in the 1951 animated feature Alice in Wonderland.