Artist: Leo Rijn
Title: Cat in the Hat
Medium: Bronze sculpture
Size: 48”h x 29”w x 40”d
Edition: Limited Edition of 35 Arabic Numbers; 15 Patrons’ Collection; 10 Collaborators’ Proofs; 5 Hors d’Commerce
Inscription: Signed and numbered
Condition: Good condition overall, request condition report for specific information
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Leo Rijn’s large scale, bronze rendition of Dr. Suess’ iconic Cat in the Hat respectfully elevates the beloved animated character to the world of fine art. The selective coloring whimsically pays homage to unique details of Dr. Suess’ original design and helps temper the seriousness of the bronze medium, while the weighty bronze, immense size, and masterful attention to detail pay the famous character and the original artist the respect they deserve. The original gallery retail price for Leo Rijn’s Cat in the Hat is $46,950. The piece is signed and numbered by the artist and it comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.
Best known for his Dr. Seuss inspired sculptures, Leo Rijn fluently translates the beloved characters to three dimensional forms. Combining the worlds of commercial and fine art, Rijn creates works of art that are both masterful and whimsical.
Leo Rijn has an impressive film resume, including sculpting work on Edwards Scissorhands, Star Trek, Coraline, and Thor. He was commissioned by Universal Studios to create large scale sculptures of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters for their groundbreaking Suess Landing attraction. He was later selected as the inaugural sculptor of the Dr. Seuss Tribute Collection I, a collection of large-scale bronze sculptures created to honor Dr. Seuss’ legacy. Bronze sculptures from this collection are currently displayed at locations across the United States, including the Munroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Sculpting such famous figures is extraordinarily difficult, not only because every detail of the character’s likeness is so well known; but, even more so because the art must embody the personality and nuanced mannerisms of the character. Bronze is a timeless medium favored by fine art sculptures, and the choice of bronze for this collection helped elevate the work of Leo Rijn into the world of fine art.