Gregory Manchess: Above the Timberline will take visitors on a journey through a vast frozen wilderness, with 30 original oil paintings from the artist’s critically acclaimed book, Above the Timberline. Working in the grand tradition of N.C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, and other Golden Age masters, renowned illustrator Gregory Manchess has created a lavishly painted novel about the son of a famed polar explorer searching for his stranded father, and a lost city buried under snow in an alternate future. Written and illustrated by Manchess, the book takes place in an alternate future when it hasn’t stopped snowing for 1,500 years. The story harkens back to great adventure stories like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe.
The exhibition will include props, archival materials, and photographs used by Manchess in preparation for the book’s illustrations. In addition, life-size sculptures of characters from the book will be on display, as well as behind-the-scenes videos that will explore the artist’s process.
Organized by Norman Rockwell Museum, Gregory Manchess: Above the Timberline has been curated by Jesse Kowalski, Curator of Exhibitions, Norman Rockwell Museum.