Animation Artist, Art Director and Fine Artist
The creative process of Alan Bodner is spontaneous, unpredictable, and often chaotic. Shapes and objects are abstract, disparate—even fractious—but ultimately cohesive. His fine art is featured in galleries and museums throughout the U.S.—including the Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills—and ranges from pop surrealism prints to multi-tier geometric assemblage.
Bodner’s one-off and limited edition giclée prints combine a mastery of digital technology. The vibrant, theatrical compositions embody a menagerie of original characters, personalities, and monsters in surreal, complex settings. With cultural references to the past, present, and his personal vision of the future, Bodner compounds, distorts, and exaggerates for emotional effect—the result consistently friendly and engaging.
There are myriad dimensions to Alan Bodner’s geometric assemblage: colorful tiers of asymmetrical wood, board, and vinyl form imaginary environments and landscapes. Often larger than life, they are fine art incarnations of a carnival shooting gallery; a Noah’s Ark of inanimate objects.
Raised in Portland, Oregon, by an extended family of dancers, musicians, toy distributors, and clothing designers, Bodner’s childhood was an overload of creative forces that nurtured a timeless personality: an esoteric mix of Road Runner, Peter Pan, and Ideal’s Mr. Machine. After an adolescence inspired by Erte, Miro, and mid-century pop art, Bodner moved to Los Angeles and developed his talents at Art Center College of Design.
Bodner’s fine art is an extension of an award-winning, 25-year career as an Art Director for numerous studios and production companies, including the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., DreamWorks, The Cartoon Network, and Filmation, to name a few. Mighty Mouse, The Fat Albert Show, Heckle & Jeckle, and Pee Wee’s Playhouse comprise his early credits—followed by Looney Tunes theatrical shorts with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Sylvester & Tweety.
Recent credits include an Emmy for Production Design on The Tangled Series. Past Art direction credits include, Kim Possible, Phineas & Ferb, The Replacements, Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas, The Iron Giant, Cinderella II, Garfield & Friends, Neighbors From Hell, The Life & Times of Juniper Lee, the classic Bugs Bunny short Carrotblanca, and many more. His five Annie Award nominations include a win for The Iron Giant.
Alan Bodner accepts private and public commissions throughout the world. He resides in Los Angeles, California, near the Walt Disney Animation Studios where he is Art Director on the 2018 series Tangled. With his wife Annie, he raises two teenage artistes: Olivia, an actress and singer, and Hayden, an avant-garde rock drummer.
Phineas & Ferb
Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
The Iron Giant
Garfield & Friends
Neighbors From Hell
The Life & Times of Juniper Lee
The classic Bugs Bunny short: Carrotblanca
The Iron Giant