There are so many wonderful 50's illustrators who've never received their due. I'm at a loss to explain why I've never showcased Robert Meyers' work before, because he is one of my favourites of that unrecognized group.
Unfortunately information on Meyers is really lacking. He isn't listed in Walt Reed's Illustrator in America and askart.com doesn't have a biography for him. And a Google Image Search turns up only an earlier post I did on this blog during a week long look at illustrating water.
But Meyers was a very regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post during the 50's... and among his many story illustrations that have made me stop and say "wow!" is this cool Western genre series which, incidentally, sports one of the greatest title type faces I've ever come across.
Meyers' listing on askart.com includes several examples of his later work, all of which are Western themed, suggesting that Meyers may have been part of that great exodus of illustrators to the South West during the 60's. When magazine work dried up in the early 60's, many illustrators moved to places like New Mexico and did "fine art" gallery paintings featuring Western motifs. But I'm just speculating here...
This week, let's take a look at the work of Robert Meyers - and if you care to take a closer look at today's images (and a few more already archived) just go to my Robert Meyers Flickr set.