Published : Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 5:57 PM
Pasadena artists James and Melissa Buchanan, who own The Little Friends of Printmaking online store, were recently featured in the Disney WonderGround gallery show, showing their prints – “real prints, not printouts” – for the whole month of July at the distinctive and eclectic downtown Disney contemporary art space that showcases unusual art collections and local artists.
The husband and wife team showed up at the recent Comic Con 2017 and wound up in the Wonderground exhibition.
James and Melissa say they first decided to join forces when they were in art school taking printmaking classes at the University of Wisconsin.
Big-name clients, including Nike, Wired magazine, Target and even Disney have been collaborating with the Buchanans ever since, mostly citing the fact that their work is child-like and playful. They work out of their home in Pasadena which they have converted into their very own workspace as they cater to a growing list of clients.
About 40 pieces of their work were displayed in July at the WonderGround Gallery at Downtown Disney.
Distinctive, eclectic and uncommon, the WonderGround Gallery is, in itself, a blank canvas, providing the ultimate venue where unique art collections, works from a new generation of artists and unexpected finds in home and lifestyle merchandise, take center stage.
WonderGround Gallery draws inspiration from Disney’s deeply rooted art and storytelling-driven heritage – especially the idea of stepping through the looking glass.
Originally trained as fine art printmakers, James and Melissa’s dalliance in silkscreened concert posters quickly turned into a design career. In 2006, they received the Young Guns award from the Art Directors’ Club, honoring the world’s finest emerging creatives under 30.
Their work has been exhibited internationally, and they have been published in the recent books “New Masters of Poster Design,” “Handmade Nation,” and “Juxtapoz: Poster Art.”