Born September 5~ Nell Brinkley

Nell Brinkley (September 5, 1886-October 21, 1944) was an American illustrator, comic artist, and creator of the immensely popular character the Brinkley Girl.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nell_Brinkley

Cover for the Sunday Dayton Journal by Nell Brinkley / July 26, 1936
FROM https://www.dbdowd.com/illustration-history/2015/11/13/nell-brinkley

Nell Brinkley on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/nell-brinkley/

Further reading:
https://cartoons.osu.edu/digital_albums/nellbrinkley/index.php
http://www.edwardianpromenade.com/women/fascinating-women-nell-brinkley/
https://womeninillustration.tumblr.com/post/128707577398/nell-brinkley

Born August 1~ Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes (August 1, 1911-December 26, 1985) was the first syndicated African American woman cartoonist to be published in a newspaper.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Ormes

Torchy in Heartbeats by Jackie Ormes
August 4, 1951 / The Pittsburgh Courier / LOC Prints and Photographs Division, D.C.

Jackie Ormes’ Patty-Jo Doll: https://blackdollcollecting.blogspot.com/2010/02/mibdh-jackie-ormes-patty-jo-and-other.html

Further reading:
https://baladycreatives.com/ladies-in-history-jackie-ormes/
https://www.shondaland.com/live/a26668329/jackie-ormes-comic-radicalism/
https://wednesdayswomen.com/jackie-ormes-first-african-american-female-cartoonist/

Born June 29~ Helen Hokinson

Helen Elna Hokinson (June 29, 1893-November 1, 1949) was an American cartoonist and book illustrator best known for her work for The New Yorker.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_E._Hokinson

Helen Hokinson on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/helen-hokinson/

Further reading:
https://www.cooperhewitt.org/2018/04/10/hokinson/
https://www.dbdowd.com/illustration-history/2015/11/13/helen-e-hokinson
http://www.tcj.com/helen-e-hokinson/

Black History Month in Visual Arts~ February 6

Krazy Kat by George Herriman

No date / Ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper / 13 1/2”x14 1/2” / Private collection

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See also: February 6~ African-American visual artists
https://schristywolfe.com/2018/02/06/february-6-african-american-visual-artists/

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~ https://bit.ly/37RmBIo