Personal Art

Mary Blair is most associated with her Disney art and accomplishments (namely Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and It's a Small World). However, it is her personal art that she did for family, friends, and special occasions that we would like to, now, also share with the world -- projects done for fun, fancy and pure pleasure -- Mary Blair without limits!! We hope you enjoy this unique collection of art as we have all our lives. It is our fondest wish that people everywhere will see in Mary's art what Walt Disney saw nearly seventy-five years ago.

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The Gambler
The Gambler

The Gambler

SIZE: 16" w x 12" h

ORIGINAL MEDIUM:
Gouache & Collage

 

An intensely colorful swirl of activity centering around Mary’s brother-in-law Frank Richardson’s favorite sport, --armchair betting – on football (his favorite team was Alabama), horse racing and home poker games. Mary joined in on many of these “strictly-for-fun” activities enjoying family poker games and occasional trips to Bay Meadows Race Track in San Francisco. This piece was done in 1977, the year before Mary’s death, and presented to Frank on his 80th birthday.

Bandstand
Bandstand

Bandstand

SIZE: 14" w x 9.5" h

ORIGINAL MEDIUM:
Gouache on board

 

This lively painting was originally created for Coronet Magazine in 1947. It exemplifies traditional “family values” and “Americana” in the unmistakable Mary Blair style.

Juice Girl (AKA
Juice Girl (AKA

Juice Girl (AKA "Lemonade Girl" in Japan)

SIZE: 10.5" w x 14.5" h

ORIGINAL MEDIUM:
Gouache on paper

 

This charming little character became the mascot of the immensely popular exhibition The Colors of Mary Blair, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (July 24 – Oct. 4, 2009). Like the “Ice Cream Girl”, this piece was created in the early 70’s in true Mary Blair fashion, out of pure imagination.

Poker Bears
Poker Bears

Poker Bears

SIZE: 18" w x 12" h

ORIGINAL MEDIUM:
Gouache/Collage on Board

 

This unique work from the late 1960’s was created especially to hang in the Blair dining room where family holiday gatherings would usually include a game of poker after dinner (a little-known Mary Blair passion). Mary’s husband, Lee, photographed an actual deck of cards which Mary cut out and pasted onto the artwork ….with her signature Mary Blair “flair”.