Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Who Was Frank Webber?
Until I found the record jacket above with Frank Webber's distinctive signature on it I had only ever seen a few pieces by him in Coronet magazine.
Webber's artwork began appearing in Coronet around 1957, when the digest magazine began using illustrators with more avant-garde styles. Webber produced many tiny spots and a few larger pieces like the ones you see here from November of 1957.
Webber's style reminds me of a cross between David Stone Martin and, believe it or not, Art Seiden - an unusual combination to be sure - but hey, that's just my opinion. I would love to know what his influences actually were - because his look is truly unique.
Webber is not listed on Askart.com or in Walt Reed's "Illustrator in America" and aside from Coronet magazine and this one album cover, I have never seen his work in any other publication. For now, Frank Webber remains a mystery.
My Frank Webber Flickr set.