February 14~ African-American visual artists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie Ormes (1911-1985), First African-American Female Syndicated Cartoonist
http://theweeklychallenger.com/jackie-ormes-the-first-professional-african-american-woman-cartoonist/

Torchy in Heartbeats / The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Romare Bearden (1911-1988), Prominent African-American artist and writer
https://beardenfoundation.org/romare-bearden/

Sunday After Sermon / 1969 / Collage on cardboard / 40”x50”

 

February 12~ African-American visual artists

Loïs Mailou Jones (1905-1998)
African-American painter, educator, and champion of international black artists
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Lois-Mailou-Jones

Jeanne, Martiniquaise / 1938 / Oil on canvas / 24”x28 1/2”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elmer Simms Campbell (1906-1971)
First African-American illustrator to break the color line in mass-market publications
https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/simms_campbell_e.htm

New Yorker cover / February 3rd, 1934 / Painting

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/29~

This painter played an important role in the formative years of the New York School, but did not achieve recognition for his own work until late in his career.

Despite 27 years of  clashes with Disney, this artist and children’s book author rose through the ranks to become both illustrator and screenwriter before finally leaving.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/29/january-29/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/26~

What 18th century French artist made his reputation with his acclaimed marble sculpture of Mercury, now in the Louvre?

What Pulitzer Prize-winning Village Voice satirical cartoonist went on to author books, plays, revues, and screenplays?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/01/26/january-26/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 1/17~

What American figurative sculptor’s lifelike figures, made of cast fiberglass and polyester resin and dressed in everyday clothes, often fooled the public into believing that they were viewing real people?

What cartoonist left Havana for New York in May 1960, knowing only Spanish, but with his daughter acting as interpreter went to the offices of Mad Magazine with his drawings and was hired on the spot?

Answers here~ http://tinyurl.com/zkau5xz

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/6~

What Mad Magazine artist studied architecture at the University of Mexico, despite having already begun his cartooning career at age 17 by selling professionally to a wide array of Mexican publications?

What Post-Minimal painter also designed two large mosaic murals for the New York City subway system: one at the 59th Street/Lexington Avenue station and another at the 23rd Street/Ely Avenue Station?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/06/september-6/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 9/3~

What American printmaker, painter, and sculptor developed the collagraph, a layered cardboard relief print process that could be carved like a woodcut?

What cartoonist’s most famous character was originally called “Spider”, a college student who became popular when he enlisted in the army during the Korean War?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/09/03/september-3/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/25~

After she entered her 80s this American artist, well known for her vivid Surrealist imagery, began to concentrate on writing: producing a novel, an autobiography, and poems that appeared in such periodicals as The New Yorker, The Yale Review and The Paris Review.

From 1935 to 1941, this renowned cartoonist worked for Walt Disney as a story man and animator, with credits on Pinocchio, Dumbo, and Fantasia; his work also appeared in comic books for the company that became DC Comics, and for Dell’s Animal Comics.

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/25/august-25/

George Luks: Born August 13, 1867

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GeoBLuksGeorge Luks was an American realist painter and comic illustrator, best known for his images of New York and its inhabitants. Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Luks worked as a vaudeville performer before moving to Philadelphia to study art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts…Luks was publishing comic illustrations in Puck and Truth, and upon his return in 1893 he accepted a job as a newspaper illustrator at the Philadelphia Press.
http://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/george-luks

His career took a small detour in 1895 when heYellowKid traveled to Cuba as an artist-correspondent for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin…When he returned to America in 1896, he joined the staff of Pulitzer’s World as an illustrator and cartoonist…One of his many famous colleagues at the World was Richard F. Outcault, who had joined the staff in 1894…Outcault’s Yellow Kid became so popular with the public and showed that it increased the newspaper’s sales as well as the sales of merchandise his likeness appeared on, from candy to whiskey. This awareness was occurring at the same time that William Randolph Hearst had come to town, purchased the Journal and was having an intense battle with Pulitzer’s World for dominance in New York City. Hearst knew a good thing when he saw it and lured Outcault away from Pulitzer…Pulitzer was not to be outdone, however, and assigned Luks to continue drawing the Yellow BostonKid in Hogan’s Alley for the World…Luks [continued to work] at his painting and was finally able to make a living at it. He left the newspaper in 1898.
http://cartoonician.com/george-luks-the-other-yellow-kid-artist/

George Luks prided himself in being the “bad boy” of American art and would be pleased that this notion has survived as his reputation as a significant painter of the twentieth century continues to grow. A heavy drinker and engaged story-teller, Luks manufactured details of his own life to make himself more colorful. Most ingrained in his biography was his tall tale of KidWithBallhaving fought in the Mid-West as “Chicago Whitey,” a middle-weight boxing champion. No one ever checked his details. However, the mythology Luks created around himself masked an insecurity that reveals itself in the diversity of styles he sometimes employed as a painter. His mainstay was realism, but he experimented with impressionism and post-impressionism and was known to alter a canvas if it was criticized, sometimes ruining it entirely. The critic, James Huneker, noted literally hundreds of unfinished canvases in Luks upper Manhattan studio which he would either re-work or paint over. But when Luks was “on” he was a forceful painter of huge talent and confidence, noted for his sure, brilliant handling of a brush.
http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/2aa/2aa563.htm

Ephemeral New York: Posts Tagged ‘George Luks’~
https://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/tag/george-luks/

Artist Birthday Quiz for 8/11~

What English Neoclassical sculptor was one of the most successful artists of his day, leaving the equivalent of £1 million in his will?

What American painter, printmaker, cartoonist, illustrator, and children’s books author is best known for his children’s book “Corduroy”?

Answers here~ https://schristywolfe.com/2015/08/11/august-11/