Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Joe De Mers

How to follow this past week's magnum opus on Andy Virgil? I thought perhaps a look at the work of Virgil's mentor, Joe De Mers, might provide a sort of continuity.


These two pieces from McCall's magazine seem particularly appropriate: Andy Virgil was apprenticing for De Mers and others at The Cooper Studio in 1951 and the first part of '52. I like to imagine he might have been present - perhaps even assisted - when Joe De Mers painted these illustrations.


These pieces can be seen at full size in my Joe De Mers Flickr set.

2 comments:

  1. Of all the Cooper artists who primarily worked in the 'glamour' mode, I think DeMers was perhaps the most painterly. Both Coby Whitmore & Joe Bowler were maybe better visual storytellers, but to me there's a quality in DeMers' work, a kind of raw freshness. Given how sophisticated his women are, that may sound kind of weird -- but I guess I'm weird. Anyway, how cool that he was Andy Vigil's mentor!

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  2. Thanks so much for posting these!

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