Mary Ryan Gallery is pleased to announce a focus show that looks at animals in the drawings by Peter Sís. The focus exhibition is held in conjunction with Peter Sís: Animations in RLWindow at RYAN LEE.

On view is a selection of drawings that depict animal imagery from very small black stipple pen of individual animals to full-color watercolors and from animals as tiny elements in the costumes of his miniatures to animals as maps, such as his well-known whale as the map of Manhattan that was commissioned by the MTA for buses and subways.The focus is one wall of illustrations from the artist/author’s own books and his commissioned works for premier publications and organizations, including the New York Times, Harper’s magazine, and New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority. Included is a drawing for his 86th Street subway design, illustrations for Conference of the Birds, and two early oil on paper illustrations from the 1980s.

Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed artist, illustrator, author, and filmmaker. His most recent projects include a series of commissioned tapestries made in Aubusson, France for Amnesty International which are on view at Cape Town International Airport dedicated to Nelson Mandela, Prague’s Václav Havel Airport honoring Havel, Ellis Island’s Immigration Hall in honor of John Lennon, and Dublin Airport for Seamus Heaney. He was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1949, and attended the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of Art in London. He began his career as a filmmaker, and won the Golden Bear Award at the 1980 West Berlin Film Festival for an animated short. He has also won the Grand Prix Toronto and the Cine Golden Eagle Award. In 1982, he was sent by the Czech government to Los Angeles to produce a film for the 1984 Winter Olympics, but when the project was cancelled and the government ordered him to return home, he decided to stay in the United States, where he was granted asylum.

He went on to become a leading artist in the children’s book illustration field, as an eight-time winner of the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Books, and winner of the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal and Silver Medal. In 2003, Sís won the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, and he won the 2012 Hans Christian Anderson Award, considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature. His work has been exhibited in Prague, London, Zurich, Hamburg, Los Angeles, and New York in both group and solo shows.

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