Artist: John Hench TitleNeverland Edition::Limited Edition S/N 350 Image size: 20" x26 " About the Artist : Legendary Disney Artist, Imagineer and Mickey’s Official Portrait Artist
John Hench, senior vice president at Walt Disney Imagineering, has been a member of the Disney creative team for over 60 years. Born on June 29, 1908, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and raised in Southern California, Hench holds the distinction of being the longest tenured employee at The Walt Disney Company.
As a young artist, Hench received scholarships to the Art Students' League in New York City and the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. He also attended the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. The Iestedfod Foundation awarded his initial public exhibitions. He continued his art training at UCLA, where he studied with Stanton McDonald Wright in the 1950s. He lectured at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and is currently serving on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
After completing his early art training, Hench researched motion picture color processes at the Vitacolor Studios, set design for Republic Pictures and created seasonal themes for interior displays and news-media advertising for the Broadway department stores.
Hench joined Disney as a sketch artist in the Story Department at the old Hyperion Avenue Studios in 1939. Subsequent responsibilities included story editing, layout, background, effects animation and special effects.
His skills were utilized in a wide range of Disney films including:
Background paintings: Fantasia and Dumbo
Layout paintings: Three Caballeros and Fun & Fancy Free
Art supervision: Make Mine Music
Cartoon art treatment: So Dear To My Heart
Color and styling: Ichabod & Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Peter Pan
Animation effects: The Living Desert
Special effects: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
Hench received lead special effects title credits for 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which won an Academy Award? in 1954 for best special effects. He also worked closely with famed surrealist artist Salvador Dali at the Disney Studios doing storyboard sketches for the proposed film Destino in the early 1940s.
In 1954 Hench left the studio and went to work at WED Enterprises (now known as Walt Disney Imagineering) as a project designer, working first on the creation of Tomorrowland at Disneyland. In the ensuing years he helped develop many additional attractions for the Park, along with the four highly-acclaimed Disney shows at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair including Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, Carousel of Progress, it's a small world and Magic Skyway.
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