Walt Disney Imagineering Artist Showcase
Disneyana, Disneyland® Park
Join us for a special Walt Disney Imagineering artist showcase with Stephen Cargile, Larry Nikolai, Mark Page, Maggie Parr and George Scribner. Our Walt Disney Imagineers and artists will be on hand for a special appearance and signing, July 12, from 9a.m. – Noon in Disneyana on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland® park as we celebrate the release of some of their newest pieces. Formats, sizes and retails on the items will vary.
Stephen draws inspiration from the art of European film poster artists such as Rene Peron, and the muralists of the United States’ WPA period of the 1930′s. A native of Texas, Steve grew up admiring the art deco buildings and murals of Fair Park in Dallas which were created in 1936 for the Texas Centennial. He learned an “architectural” approach to drawing from his father who is an expert draftsman. Steve enjoys portraying the Disney characters with a stylized simplification that connects to the basic essence of their personalities. He was fortunate to apprentice with veteran Disney animator Richard Ruhl, who taught him an appreciation for the nuances of each of the Disney feature films.
Stephen Cargile is a Principal Creative Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering in California, specializing in the Disney characters, and has art directed projects for Disneyland® Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland Paris® Resort , Tokyo Disneyland® Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland®, and now Shanghai Disneyland® Resort. Steve has also contributed to Disney Consumer Products as a Character Art Manager. One of his most memorable projects was creating the large scale Mickey Mouse face for the Mickey’s Fun Wheel in Disney California Adventure® Park.
As a Creative Director and Show Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, Larry Nikolai has helped to create attractions for Disney parks around the world. His design efforts are enjoyed by guests at the Disneyland® Resort, Disney California Adventure® park, Magic Kingdom® Park, EPCOT®, Disneyland® Paris Resort, Tokyo Disneyland® and Tokyo DisneySea. Larry has also designed, sculpted and painted many collectible items for the galleries at Disneyland® Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort and Disney Cruise Line®, as well as the Disney Classics Collection and The Disney Store. With a background as both a classically trained fine artist and an animation designer, his goal is to bring a unique pose and dramatic touch to the composition of every character image he paints. Larry is the show designer for The Little Mermaid~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attractions at both Disney California Adventure® park and Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida.
At a very early age Mark Page started drawing characters from television, comic books and Disney cartoons. Throughout middle school and high school he continued to develop his artistic skills and ultimately earned a scholarship to attend the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena, California. While at Art Center School of Design, Mark studied Illustration and entertainment design. After graduating in 1997, Mark was hired as a Walt Disney Imagineer for The Walt Disney Company where he worked as a show designer until 2000. After leaving the company, he worked further in the theme park industry, in the film and animation industries, and also children book illustration. After working as a designer for the Disneyland® Resort, Make returned to Walt Disney Imagineering where he currently works as a Creative Design Lead. He has the privilege of working on attractions for the Walt Disney Word® Resort, Disney California Adventure® park, Tokyo Disney® Seas, and the Disney Cruise Line® Fleet, including the Magic and Fantasy.
A former Walt Disney Imagineer, Maggie Parr has created artwork and designs for Disney themed environments around the world. Renowned for her parodies of Renaissance and modernist portraits, Parr’s paintings not only honor Disney characters, but also stand alone as fine works of art. She has studied with several master artists, and is an expert in the classical style of indirect layer painting. Her original paintings and limited edition giclées featuring this style can be found in Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the Disney Cruise Lines. Parr has always enjoyed creating fantasy worlds for others to experience. Even as a child in her small town in Ohio, she was building makeshift carnivals and haunted houses. Drawing for hours on end, she designed and illustrated hundreds of stories, characters, and games. After receiving a degree in Fine Arts from Pomona College, she was hired as a show designer at Imagineering, where she expanded her skills in architectural theming and concept design. Her most notable projects from this period included Toontown in Disneyland and Beastlie Kingdomme in Animal Kingdom. As a freelance artist, Parr has built a successful business designing themed environments, products, and experiences for Imagineering and other companies; as well as creating murals and portraits for numerous locations, including Shanghai Disneyland Resort, California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines, World of Disney Stores, Worldport, and Americana at Brand. Parr continues to paint portraits, landscapes, interpretive works, and of course, Disney characters – placing them in the context of famous classical paintings to highlight their iconic status in contemporary culture. In so doing, she explores the spirit of the characters themselves, reflecting her appreciation for and years of experience with the Walt Disney brand.