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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

David Stone Martin (1913-1992)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Its thanks to blogging buddy and artist extrodinaire, Drazen Kozjan, that I first heard the name David Stone Martin. I've said it before but one of the wonderful things about sending out Today's Inspiration is the education that I get thanks to the good and knowledgeable folks on the list.

Born David Livingstone Martin and educated at The Art Institute of Chicago, DSM began his career as a graphic designer. He worked as an assistant to Ben Shahn, designing murals for the Chicago World's Fair. During WWII he was an artist correspondent for Life magazine.

But DSM really hit his stride in the fifties, when he is said to have designed and illustrated over 400 album covers, mostly for jazz artists. You can find a small sampling of that work here. His work has been shown at the Met, the MOMA, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

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