(Amherst, MA—May 6, 2015) The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art proudly announces its forthcoming exhibition of award-winning art and illustrations by Fred Marcellino. A Renaissance Man: The Art of Fred Marcellino will be on view from June 30 to October 25, 2015. The exhibition comprises over 90 works and shows the full range of Marcellino’s talent, from his youthful experiments in Abstract Expressionism, to his celebrated album cover and book jacket designs, to his children’s book illustrations, the crowning achievement of his career. Of special focus will be the original art for Puss in Boots (1990), for which Marcellino won a Caldecott Honor award. Other featured books will include A Rat’s Tale (1986), The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1992), The Wainscott Weasel (1993), The Story of Little Babaji (1996), The Trumpet of the Swan (2000), and Marcellino’s own I, Crocodile (1999).
Fred Marcellino was born October 25, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian immigrant parents. He knew as a child that he wanted to be an artist. He attended Cooper Union and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. A prestigious Fulbright Scholarship enabled Marcellino to study in Venice, where he was inspired by the grand architecture and Renaissance masters. Returning to America in 1964, he took several years to find his calling. Marcellino recalled, “In the early ’60’s, Abstract Expressionism was on its deathbed—it had become almost ‘academic painting.’ You would look around the classroom and see everybody was doing the same painting. Having been schooled in it—and not realizing I had been schooled in it—it took me a long time to see that that kind of art was not natural to me. I felt like a little girl who took ballet lessons and quit. I felt a little guilty.”