James (Jim) Flora is best-known for his wild jazz and classical album covers for Columbia Records (late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s). He authored and illustrated 17 popular children’s books and flourished for decades as a magazine illustrator. Few realize, however, that Flora (1914-1998) was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and violence.
Cute — and deadly.
Flora’s album covers pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns. Yet this childlike exuberance was subverted by a tinge of the diabolic. Flora wreaked havoc with the laws of physics, conjuring flying musicians, levitating instruments, and wobbly dimensional perspectives.
Jim Flora once said that all he wanted to do was “create a little piece of excitement.” He overshot his goal with much of his work.
Reblogged from jimflora.com
P.S Thanks to Steve May for sharing in the first place!
Last year we finally got around to sorting out our new studio! I thought I would get back to some fun and explore and experiment with some silk screen printing. I had great fun playing around and making a mess – but also had great fun printing up some tote bags. Some of you will have already received yours.
Which one did you get and did you guess which book the quote was from?
Here they are as my modern classics!
Here are also some illustrations that didn’t make it on to the bags!
A freelance illustrator, working and living in Lisbon, Portugal.
She has been making collages since she was a child. She used to sit on the floor and tear up magazines for hours, joining pieces of paper of different shapes and colours together. Later she learned how to use a pair of scissors and some glue and started filling notebooks, walls and furniture.
Air Canada, Audi, BBDO Irish International, British Film Academy, Condé Nast, Creative Review, Design Week Magazine, Dentsu London, Mother London, Neon Gold Records, Nike, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Picador Books, PixIu films, Research World Magazine, The Sunday Times, University of Toronto, Varoom Magazine, Wired UK Magazine, Wired US Magazine.
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