Sunday, January 25, 2009

Nixon Galloway's Disney On Parade Illustrations

Southern California artist Nixon Galloway is best known for his paintings of historic aircraft, but throughout his career he freelanced as an illustrator for many corporations, from NASA to Disney.  In 1973, Galloway painted the front and back covers for the souvenir program of the live Disney On Parade touring stage show.  

Disney On Parade 1973 Souvenir Program - Cover Painting - Nixon Galloway

 These boards are simply beautiful examples of water-based gouache illustration. Galloway used the margins of his boards for mixing colors.  

This tissue overlay explains to the layout department how to composite the various art and type elements to create the final cover for the program.

Disney On Parade - 1973 Souvenir Program - overlay

The back cover scene is my favorite, with the chimney sweeps from Mary Poppins popping out in bursts of magical smoke. 

Disney On Parade 1973 Souvenir Program - Back Cover Painting -Nixon Galloway

Galloway, whose paintings have been exhibited at the Smithsonian and the White House, passed away in 2003, just two days after his 76th birthday.

In the summer of 1974, when I was 8, our family saw Disney On Parade on its stop in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Yes, I still have my ticket stub!)  During intermission, my Dad bought us copies of the program with Galloway's bright cover artwork (and yep, I still got that, too...)

As for the show itself, the part I remember best is a comedy number performed by the relatively new Country Bears, and wondering why the three bears doing dangerous tricks on the trapeze had "real people hands" instead of paws.

1973 Disney On Parade - Country Bears

Some of the costumed characters seemed pretty wild to me at the time --and truthfully, they still do.

1973 Disney On Parade - Country Bears
For more images from the show - including the most alien-looking Jiminy Cricket you'll ever see - check out my Flickr Gallery.

SpacePotato's blog has posted a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Disney On Parade touring shows, as well as a fine collection of images on his Flickr site!


jedblau said...

Saw it...loved it.

DIsney On Parole said...

I was just looking at the program tonight!
I loved the Cook's Comedy Car [Goofy's old Car] and Herbie on the High wire!!!!
Those really were the days!

Eric Scales said...

Wow, Great paintings. Love that painterly style.

I didn't realize there was ever a costumed Henry. Do you know if the costumes maybe originated with the show and maybe made their way to the Parks afterwards?

TokyoMagic! said...

Wow, this brings back memories. Thank you! I saw the first version of DOP at the Anaheim Convention Center when I was 5 years old and I still remember it pretty well. I don't have the ticket stub, but I do still have my program as well as a Goofy toy that was sold in the lobby. That version of DOP was also shown on the Disney Channel in recent years when they were still running "Vault Disney."

Major Pepperidge said...

That last photo will give me nightmares for weeks!

Is it possible that Nixon Galloway painted the "Gala Day at Disneyland" poster? The technique looks similar (see the post on my blog from November 14th 2008).

George Taylor said...

Great images!

Thanks for sharing them and providing the info on Mr. Galloway.

spacepotato said...

All so very interesting. I'm sad Australia never got to see the final two DOP units. Thank you so much for the link too.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Where in the world do you get these original pieces? Amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.

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