Jim Shore is a household name in the world of figurines. Couple his name with something even more popular- say, Disney, for instance, and you have unlimited potential for a timeless piece of art that tells its own story, rooted in history and fantasy.
Disney’s princesses are perhaps the company’s most familiar faces, next to Mickey Mouse. Their stories are instantly recognizable within mention of their names- Ariel, Belle and Sleeping Beauty being amongst the most well-known. What may not be common knowledge are the origins of some of these princesses, whose tales’ source material date back centuries and can at times be surprisingly dark, in spite of their contemporary light-hearted reimaginings. Take for instance the Little Mermaid- whose true story is one of a mermaid who seeks love and an eternal soul, but goes through some serious physical and emotional pain in the hopes of attaining her goal and ultimately fails. In altering some of the darker material, Disney was able to find and present the beauty existing in these stories.
Jim Shore Figurines are equally rooted in old tradition and artistry. Drawing from quilt work, folk art and sculpture, Mr. Shore employs fine attention to detail to create figurines that represent fresh, yet classic takes on some of Disney’s most beloved characters. He follows Disney’s lead in maintaining the core of the character, while making his art relevant and appealing to generations new and old. Pass the tradition along today with one of his figurines!