Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross Now On View At The Norman Rockwell Museum

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Heroes & Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross is now on view at Norman Rockwell Museum through February 24, 2013.

One of the greatest artists in the field of comic books, Alex Ross has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art with his brilliant use of watercolor. By building on the foundation of the great artists who came before him, Ross’ paintings have revolutionized the comic book industry and transcended the newsstand origins of his profession.

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At just three years of age, Ross was drawing TV commercials from memory. By the age of 13 he was scripting and drawing original comic books. Ten years later, Ross was hired by Marvel Comics to illustrate Marvel’s central characters in the comic book event, “Marvels” (1994). His impact on the comic book industry became so powerful that his hugely successful comic book series, “Kingdom Come” (1996), marks the close of the “Dark Age” of comic books, in which pessimism, violence, and gritty stories ruled, into the birth of the “Modern Age” of optimism and strong superheroes. Ross would go on to win the Comic Buyer’s Guide Award for Favorite Painter so many times the award was retired.

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