Celebrating illustration, design, cartoon and comic art of the mid-20th century.
I'm looking forward to a week of Joe Bowler, Leif. He was a great illustrator. Your selection today really shows how Bowler (like other illustrators of his generation) had to straddle the old world and the new-- the figures are painted in a traditonal way. while the backgrounds- a flat orange silhouette for the fire escape and a plain white background-- are much more modern. You could see these artists feeling their way toward the 1960s, making it up as they went along.
Great pece!Nice way to start my week :)
Thanks for your comments, guys! David, yes indeed, the graphic use and minimalism of environment during this experimental period is something I really enjoy seeing - these pieces by Bowler that I'll be sharing this week are a great example of what you're talking about - that "making it up" approach. I think of what Alex Toth was doing with simple, silhouetted shapes in his comics during the same period and wonder how much he was being influenced by the "slick" illustrators.