WonderGround Gallery Artist Showcase with Brian Crosby, Jeremiah Ketner, Sho Murase and Gabby Zapata
WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney® District
Welcome Disney artists Brian Crosby, Jeremiah Ketner, Sho Murase and Gabby Zapata back to the Disneyland® Resort! Tap into your imagination with these whimsical pieces. Brian, Jeremiah, Sho and Gabby will be on hand for an artist signing March 5, 2016 from 11a.m.-1p.m. at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District. Click on the images below to take a closer look at what’s to come.
Brian Crosby is a Creative Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, the division of The Walt Disney Company responsible for the design, development, and delivery of all experiences and attractions for the Disney Theme Parks, Resorts and Cruise Lines with an ever-expanding presence across the globe.
Brian began his career at Disney in 2005 while still a student at California State University Fullerton, where he went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. He participated in that year’s “ImagiNations” design competition, a worldwide initiative designed to discover new and diverse talent for Imagineering, and was subsequently offered an internship at Walt Disney Imagineering’s Resource Center where he was able to get hands on experience and appreciation for the artistic tradition of excellence at Disney while simultaneously honing his own craft.
In addition to his work at Imagineering, Brian has appeared as a Special Events Illustrator for Disney and his work has been featured at various events at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World where his unique take on the worlds and characters of Disney are regularly on display.
Jeremiah Ketner’s paintings are instantly recognizable amongst his contemporaries in the pop surrealism movement. His early work, characterized by mischievous sprites and whimsical patterns, has evolved into lush, richly colored environments inhabited by a cast of pensive, dreamy young women. Each character presents a unique brand of beauty, created entirely within Jeremiah’s imagination and painted completely from memory.
Jeremiah’s pop culture-inspired style and unconventional creations have a traditional foundation. With his family’s encouragement, he began formal art studies at the age of 12. He holds a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and an MFA from Southern Illinois University. Jeremiah’s paintings and toys have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in more than 50 galleries across North America, and he’s acquired a strong international following through his dedication to the Internet and social media.
Sho Murase is a half Japanese and half Korean artist who grew up in Europe and has been living in San Francisco, California for the past 15 + years. This curious mix of cultures are reflected in her work, which often focuses on representing strong feminine icons, merging Asian, manga, and Western art influences…with a dark twist.
Having worked in comics and animation for all of these years, her client list includes some of the top branded companies in the world. Her artwork has even been exhibited at the German Film Museum in Frankfurt, the Louisiana Modern Art Museum in Denmark, and in “The Star Wars Visions” art book.
Sho’s first graphic novel, “SEI,” was published by Image Comics in November 2003. Since then, she has drawn covers for comics, created “ME2”, and illustrated many graphic novels, including more than 24 volumes of the graphic novel serialization of Nancy Drew.
Gabby Zapata is from sunny Los Angeles, California. She majored in Computer Animation at Ringling College of Art & Design. After college, she worked at Digital Domain Studios in Port St. Lucie, Florida as a Visual Development Artist for their Feature Length Animation film, “The Legend of Tembo.” A year and a half later, Gabby moved to LA to work for Disney Mobile for a year. Fast forward to today, she is now working at Disney Interactive for their Disney Online division in Glendale, California.