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Epcot International Festival of the Arts – Artist Profile, John Nadeau

The 2022 Epcot International Festival of the Arts may have concluded, but there is still plenty of Disney art for you to experience during your visit at any time of the year.

Haunted Mansion, The Once and Future Bride” courtesy of John Nadeau

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts introduces guests to artists and artwork interpreting the Disney world in an inspiring and eye-opening way. John Nadeau’s work is no exception. 

Nadeau employed dark contrast, atmospheric texture, and distinctly Disney details in his paintings for this year’s festival.

In the painting titled “Haunted Mansion, The Once and Future Bride,” a female figure approaches the illuminated manor. Fog frames the painting as details like a poised umbrella reveal the character in this artwork. Nadeau renders the mansion in its livelier days as the ominous bride closes in.

Nadeau also introduced new Star Wars pieces during the Festival. The Star Wars franchise inspired Nadeau earlier in his career, and a piece created then may have set his trajectory as a current Disney Fine Artist.

“In the 2010s I was doing different things for various commercial art clients,” Nadeau said. “On my own time, I was also working on paintings, including a large Millenium Falcon to just hang over the couch.”

Nadeau explained that around this time, Disney acquired Lucasfilm and he networked to fit this Falcon painting into the Disney gallery setting. Nadeau was told the painting was too big for the gallery, but was asked to paint a castle at which point Nadeau said he was “off and running.”

Nadeau’s pieces can be found in the Art of Disney galleries around Walt Disney World, and we look forward to his new creations for upcoming Festivals!

-Tiera Tanner

Tiera Tanner lives her life spreading pixie dust. Whether creating art in her studio, or raising her two young sons, Tiera is inspired by the magic of Disney, and is always encouraging her husband to plan their next trip to the parks.


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