Dr. Seuss was a phenomenal storyteller, known for his fantastical tales of far-away places. He told stories of unique surrealism with a new sense of visual language and artistic expression. Theodor Seuss Geisel was able to build his art and literature career from an underlying energy that thrusted his work into new dimensions.
One of Ted's most important inspirations is from his childhood. Ted's father would often take him to the Springfield Zoo where they enjoyed the behind-the-scenes access. This zoo was a beloved and important part of Ted’s childhood. If his father wasn’t able to accompany him and his sketchpad there, he would go with his mother or his sister, Marnie. Early on, Ted’s mother became his “accomplice in crime,” encouraging him to draw animal caricatures on the plaster walls of his bedroom.
Ted was only twenty-three when he traveled from Springfield to New York City looking for his big break. From early advertising and editorial cartoons to seventy years of paintings, drawings, and sculpture, Ted was able to create imaginative creatures within a deco-inspired landscapes of pure nonsense.
"Dr. Seuss's horned, whiskered, and winged creatures played while contemplating the issues of the most well-known books for children, delivering messages on such heady topics as racial tolerance, environmental stewardship, nuclear war, and the vital importance of unimpeded childhood fun."- Robert Chase Jr (Publisher, The Art of Dr. Seuss)