Join artist Alex Ross for this rare signing event featuring Ross’s comics and prints, available for purchase in the Museum Store. Limit of 3 items per person; no sketches and/or portfolio reviews.
There is no fee to attend the signing. MSV admission fee applies to visit the exhibitions and gardens. Food will be available for purchase from Jack Knuckle Gourmet from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Alex Ross fans will have the opportunity to meet the artist at a free signing event from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. This rare public appearance — the only scheduled signing for Alex Ross in 2017 — is organized in conjunction with the display of the new exhibition Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross.
The MSV is the first venue to host this traveling exhibition, which has been organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. On view in Winchester through May 14, 2017, the exhibition’s MSV display is sponsored by Shenandoah Country Q102.
A lithograph of Ross’s The World’s Greatest Superheroes ($50) will be released at the April 1 signing. Painted in 2005 and on view in Superheroes and Superstars, the work features DC Comics’ most recognizable superheroes. In addition to the new print, a variety of Alex Ross merchandise will be available for purchase in the Museum Store, including books, mini-canvasses ($150), and a limited supply of prints ($50). A signed, framed set of Ross’s Yellow Submarine portraits of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison is also available for purchase at the MSV ($1,500). The Museum Store will open at 9 a.m. on April 1.
Arist, Alex Ross. Born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Alex made his artistic debut at three when, according to his mother, he grabbed a piece of paper and drew the contents of a television commercial he'd seen moments before. By age 13 he was scripting and drawing original comic books. Ten years later he was hired by Marvel Comics to illustrate Marvel's central characters in the comic book event, Marvels (1994).
Having established himself creatively and financially with superhero projects, Ross turned to the real world with Uncle Sam, a 96-page story that took a hard look at the dark side of American history. Like Marvels, the individual issues of Uncle Sam were collected into a single volume - first in hardcover, then in paperback - and remain in print today. Ross would eventually go on to win the Comic Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Painter. He won so many times that the award was officially retired.
Alex's work has celebrated the 60th anniversaries of Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman with fully painted, tabloid-sized books, depicting each of these characters using their powers to inspire humanity as well as help them.
In recent years, Ross has applied his artistic skills to outside projects with comic book roots, including a limited-edition promotional poster for the Academy Awards. In 2015, Alex was chosen by Apple Corps LTD to be commissioned as the first artist in over 30 years to paint the Fab Four. Driven by the Beatles legendary music and inspired by the generation's new trends in art, "Yellow Submarine" is a classic of animated cinema. Alex has often been referred to as 'the Norman Rockwell of comics' yet his "Yellow Submarine" piece reveals the similarly powerful influence of master surrealist Salvador Dali, whom Alex has also recognized as a guiding influence on his style.
Sat, Apr 01 • 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
MSV Members: Free