TEGI love modern art inspired by other art and popular culture. There is perhaps no better example of art in are popular culture than comic strips and especially the Peanuts characters created by Charles M. Schultz in the mid-20th century. I have always love Peanuts, especially Snoopy, and am always thrilled by their enduring legacy as represented in work by artists like Tom Everhart.

While in Chicago recently, I stumbled upon “A Survey of works by Tom Everhart 1999 – 2013” on display at the Atlas Gallery on North Michigan Avenue. Mr. Everhart’s work includes several works inspired – and approved – by Mr. Schultz. The collection includes many images of the Peanuts gang reimagined as modern works of art on paper and limited edition mixed media graphics.

About the artist: “In 1980, Tom Everhart was introduced to cartoonist Charles M. Schulz at Schulz’s studios in Santa Rosa, California. A few weeks prior to their meeting, Everhart, having absolutely no education in cartooning, found himself involved in a freelance project that required him to draw and present Peanuts renderings to Schulz’s studios. Preparing as he would the drawings and studies for his large-scale skeleton / nature related paintings; he blew up some of the cartoonist’s strips on a twenty-five foot wall in his studio which eliminated the perimeter lines of the cartoon box, leaving only the marks of the cartoonist. Schulz’s painterly pen stroke, now larger than life, translated into painterly brush strokes and was now a language that overwhelmingly connected to Everhart’s own form of expression and communication. Completely impressed with Schulz’s line, he was able to reproduce the line art almost exactly, which in turn impressed Schulz at their meeting. It was directly at this time that Everhart confirmed his obsession with Schulz’s line art style and their ongoing relationship of friendship and education of his line style.”

See the Original Paintings of Tom Everhart on display at the Atlas Gallery here.

See the Prints of Tom Everhart on display at the Atlas Gallery here.

The works of Tom Everhart are now on exhibition at the Atlas Gallery in Chicago.

Visit the studio of Tom Everhart here.