Sir Ken Adam, Tyrus Wong To Be Inducted Into ADG Hall OF Fame
The Art Directors Guild of America (ADG) have inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame production designer Sir Ken Adams and illustrator Tyrus Wong. The two men will be formally inducted into the institution’s hall of fame during the 22nd Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards on Saturday, January 27, 2017 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles.
British Production Designer Sir Ken Adam was best known for his set designs for the James Bond films of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for Dr. Strangelove (1964). He was hired for the first James Bond film, Dr. No in 1962. Recognized for his innovative, semi-futuristic sets, Adam returned as the Production Designer for numerous additional James Bond films including Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and his last Bond film Moonraker (1979).
Adam also worked with director Stanley Kubrick on Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Barry Lyndon (1975), for which he won an Oscar. Other award-winning production designer credits include The Ipcress File (1965) and its sequel Funeral in Berlin (1966), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), Sleuth (1972) and The Madness of King George (1994), for which he won his second Oscar. In 2003, Adam was knighted for services to the film industry and Anglo-German relations. He died on March 10, 2016 at his home in London at the age of 95.
One of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century, Tyrus Wong’s art covered more than film. He was a renowned illustrator, painter, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer and kite maker. Best known for his significant contributions to Disney’s classic motion picture Bambi, Wong created the film’s soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes while working at Disney Studios, where he was employed from 1938 to 1941. In addition to Disney, he worked as a production illustrator for Warner Bros. for 26 years, and was a Hallmark greeting card designer, where some of his cards sold more than a million copies. Born in China, Wong was initially
Held in an internment camp upon arrival to the United States. He overcame racism and prejudice, becoming an indispensable artist during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Wong recently died at age 106 on December 30, 2016.
Online nomination voting for the 2018 ADG Awards will be held December 6, 2017– January 3, 2018 Nominees will be announced January 4, 2018 and final online balloting will be held January 8 –25. All award recipients will be announced at the dinner ceremony on Saturday, January 27, 2018.
To learn more about the ADG Awards, please visit: www.adg.org