Alexis Rockman’s watercolor drawings were the first stage in the development of the fantastical, imaginary world ofLife of Pi, the 2012 Academy Award-winning feature film directed by Ang Lee. Lee sought out Rockman’s vision as an artist with a specific commitment to hand drawing to bring a human scale to the project. Though most artistic contributions to cinema are dependent on photorealism or cartoon-like illustration, Rockman’s images are fluid, intimate, and dynamic in a way that only drawing can capture. The exhibition provides visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the relationship between visual art—specifically drawing—and commercial filmmaking.

Study for Tiger Vision (Tunicate 8/12/11)

2011

Alexis Rockman

Courtesy of the artist and 20th Century Fox

Study for Tiger Vision (Squid 8/12/11)

2011

Alexis Rockman

Courtesy of the artist and 20th Century Fox

Study for Tiger Vision (Cosmography 4 9/20/11)

2011

Alexis Rockman

Courtesy of the artist and 20th Century Fox

Study for French Chef (Squid/Whale Composite) Detail

2010

Alexis Rockman

Courtesy of the artist and 20th Century Fox

Study for Island Scale

2009

Alexis Rockman

Courtesy of the artist and 20th Century Fox

Study for Island (Root Tip and Trunk)

2009

Alexis Rockman

Courtesy of the artist and 20th Century Fox