Art Appreciation

NICO(LAS) DELORT
I don’t know Nico Delort, but wish that I did.
He has almost singlehandedly made Black and White illustration relevant again, as he combines the scale and tonal qualities of Franklin Booth with a more sinuous line and some steel wool (or Photoshop?) lighting/fog effects. Breathtaking work!
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Art Appreciation

DEAN CORNWELL

Cornwell was one of the greatest American painters and it was a thrill to see so many of his paintings on display in the Kelly Collection.

In addition to classic paintings in rich full palettes, Cornwell did many pieces in then-printable duotone, and others that served as two-page magazine vignettes – designed to have type laid in and around them.
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Art Appreciation

PASCAL CAMPION
Pascal’s work makes me think that I worry to much and work too hard.
But simplicity can be as deceptive as it is elegant – for invariably I find that his work focuses on the “simple” foundations that too many of us leave out entirely – or try (in vain) to shove in through some fiddly technique at the end….
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Art Appreciation

FRANKLIN BOOTH
Booth was amazing. Amazing. Full stop.
He’d come of age when engraving was the standard for printing, and he learned to wield his pen accordingly.
His understanding of tone is clear in every piece whatever the genre (apocalyptic SF, fantasy, boy’s adventure, advertising, et al.), or atmosphere.
And he combined that knowledge with impeccable draftsmanship and scale. Wow.

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Art Appreciation

Thomas Blackshear’s work is bold, with a glorious sense of design and color.

His classic American influences include many of my own (Klimt, Wyeth, et al.), but his work transcends those influences time and again.
And his portrayals of non-white subjects make one wonder why we see so few such portrayals from other painters….
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