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

James R. Bingham, Landscape Painter

Monday, July 30, 2012

I just returned from a week of plein air painting in Northern Ontario so landscapes are very much on my mind. I hope you'll indulge me while I continue with this theme, as it's what currently is really inspiring my own creative efforts!

Many of the great mid-century illustrators had a real knack for painting landscapes, even if it was in service to an advertising campaign or incidental to the story they were illustrating.

One such artist whose work I've always truly admired was James R. Bingham. Here are a few examples of his prowess in painting landscapes. Set aside the subject or purpose of each of these images and just study these amazing landscape interpretations. In each case, you'll see how Bingham truly captured the setting in form, light and colour!

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5 comments

  1. just stumbled upon your blog and I really love it! Bingham's style is so old-school. It brings me back to the picture books I had as a child. I didn't appreciate the labor artists put into them back them. Thanks for posting, hope you visit me back!
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  2. They were just great painters.
    The advertising elements almost recede into some far background here, among all these great and enormous landscapes.

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  3. Bingham was an outstanding illustrator,no doubt.Good stuff!I wonder if he used gouache or oils.

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  4. Love this artwork. I have a collection of 50s roadmaps/advertisements and I love the detail and the faces of the people. Love the blog.

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  5. I am pretty sure he was very much aware of Bruegel's "The Hunters in the Snow" when he made that last painting.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pieter_Bruegel_d._Ä._106b.jpg

    I love your blog and have found many artists through it. Please continue the good work!

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