Kent Robert Williams (born 1962) is an American painter and graphic novel artist.
Kent Robert Williams (born 1962) is an American painter and graphic novel artist.
John White Alexander (7 October 1856 – 31 May 1915) was an American portrait, figure, and decorative painter and illustrator.
Alexander was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, now a part of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Orphaned in infancy, he was reared by his grandparents and, at the age of 12, became a telegraph boy in Pittsburgh. Edward J. Allen became an early supporter and patron of John W. Alexander, adopting the orphaned Alexander while he worked at the Pacific and Atlantic Telegraph Co. as a young man. Allen brought Alexander to the Allen home at “Edgehill” where Alexander painted various members of the Allen family, including Colonel Allen.His talent at drawing attracted the attention of one of his employers, who assisted him to develop them. He moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and worked in an office at Harper’s Weekly, where he was an illustrator and political cartoonist at the same time that Abbey, Pennell, Pyle, and other celebrated illustrators labored there. After an apprenticeship of three years, he travelled to Munich for his first formal training. Owing to the lack of funds, he removed to the village of Polling, Bavaria, and worked with Frank Duveneck. They travelled to Venice, where he profited by the advice of Whistler, and then he continued his studies in Florence, the Netherlands, and Paris.
In 1881 he returned to New York and speedily achieved great success in portraiture, numbering among his sitters Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Burroughs, Henry G. Marquand, R. A. L. Stevenson, and president McCosh of Princeton University. His first exhibition in the Paris Salon of 1893 was a brilliant success and was followed by his immediate election to the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts. Many additional honors were bestowed on him. In 1889 he painted for Mrs. Jeremiah Milbank a well-received portrait of Walt Whitman and one of her husband, Jeremiah Milbank. In 1901 he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, and in 1902 he became a member of the National Academy of Design, where he served as President from 1909-1915. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and President of the National Society of Mural Painters. Among the gold medals received by him were those of the Paris Exposition (1900) and the World’s Fair at St. Louis (1904).
He served as President of the National Society of Mural Painters from 1914 to 1915.
Alexander was married to Elizabeth Alexander Alexander, to whom he was introduced in part because of their shared last name. Elizabeth was the daughter of James Waddell Alexander, President of the Equitable Life Assurance Society at the time of the Hyde Ball scandal. The Alexanders had one child, the mathematician James Waddell Alexander II.
John White Alexander died in New York on 31 May 1915.
Walford Graham Robertson (1866–1948) was a British painter, illustrator and author. He donated over 20 works of art to the Tate Gallery, London.
“In the London of Beardsley and Beerbohm, Shaw and Henry James, Robertson was a promising presence in the art and theater worlds. Today the museums of England owe a debt to his taste and judgment”, according to The New York Times. He was an important collector of art, especially William Blake. He wrote plays, novels and a memoir,Time Was. He painted and illustrated books. He designed costumes for Sarah Bernhardt and Ellen Terry. He was twice portrayed by John Singer Sargent. He was sociable, and knew many notable people including Oscar Wilde and artists. He was a source of witty quotes and anecdotes. The New York Times printed a biographical article about him in 2001.
Richard “Jock” Kinneir (11 February 1917 – 23 August 1994) was a typographer and graphic designer who, with colleague Margaret Calvert, designed many of the road signs used throughout the United Kingdom. Their system has become a model for modern road signage.
Kinneir was born in Hampshire in 1917. He studied engraving at the Chelsea School of Art from 1935 to 1939. After World War II Kinneir was employed as an exhibition designer by the Central Office of Information. He next worked for the Design Research Unit, and then opened his own practice in 1956. He also taught part-time at the Chelsea School of Art.
Kinneir’s first big commission was the design of the signage for Gatwick Airport. He chose one of his students at Chelsea, Margaret Calvert, to assist him. When Sir Colin Anderson, the chairman of the P&O Line shipping company read about the Gatwick signage, he chose Kinneir to design a baggage labelling system for P&O. In 1957 Anderson was appointed chairman of the government committee formed to design signs for the new British motorway network. T. G. Usborne, the Ministry of Transport official in charge of the Anderson Committee, then formed a new committee under Sir Walter Worboys to review signage on all other British roads. The objective was to produce signs that could be read at speed.
Jock Kinneir was commissioned as the designer. In 1964 he made Margaret Calvert a partner and renamed his practice Kinneir Calvert Associates. They devised a code of carefully chosen shapes and colours that largely complied with the protocol proposed by the 1949 UN World Conference on Road and Motor Transport. Kinneir and Calvert developed a new typeface, based on Akzidenz Grotesk. This typeface was later named Transport. It was first used for the Preston By-pass in 1958.
Kinneir and Calvert then later completed other design projects. They introduced the Rail Alphabet typeface for British Rail. They also worked for hospitals, the Army and for other airports. Kinneir taught at the Royal College of Art, and was head of the graphic design department for a while.
The original road sign maquettes (models) produced by Kinneir and Calvert for a presentation to the Ministry of Transport are now held at the St Bride Library in Fleet Street.
Logan Anthony Whitehurst (November 15, 1977 – December 3, 2006), was an American musician. His career began as the drummer for the band Little Tin Frog from 1995 until 2000, although he is best known as a founding member of Californian indie rock band The Velvet Teen and as a solo artist performing under the name Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club.
Logan was also an accomplished graphic designer, creating numerous album covers for bands such as his sister’s Tsunami Bomb, in addition to Dynamite Boy, Little Tin Frog, The Velvet Teen, 20 Minute Loop, Go Time, Shut Up Donny, Santiago, and labels such as Fearless Records, Restitution Records, Silent Records and Entertainment, and Double Helix Records. He also contributed illustrations and comics such as “Jonathan Quimby, the Boy with No Brain” to Section M Magazine.
Martin Obzina (August 17, 1905 – January 8, 1979) was an American art director. He was nominated for two Academy Awards in the category Best Art Direction. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and died in New York, New York.
Joseph Hilton McConnico (born 13 May 1943) is a designer and artist who was born in Memphis, Tennessee and has lived and worked in Paris since 1965. After working in fashion for such designers as Ted Lapidus and Yves St. Laurent, he was set designer & art director for more than 20 films, including the cult classic Diva. In 1990 Memphis Brooks Museum of Art held a retrospective of 30 years of his creations.
Fritz Eichenberg (October 24, 1901 – November 30, 1990) was a German-American illustrator and arts educator who worked primarily in wood engraving. His best-known works were concerned with religion, social justice and nonviolence.
Ted Hawkins (October 28, 1936 – January 1, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Jacques Hnizdovsky (Ukrainian: Яків Гніздовський, Polish: Jakób Gniazdowski, Croatian: Jakiv Hnizdovskij), (1915–1985) was a Ukrainian-born American painter, printmaker, graphic designer, illustrator and sculptor.
Stanley Albert Drake (November 9, 1921 – March 10, 1997) was an American cartoonist best known as the founding artist of the comic strip The Heart of Juliet Jones.
Thomas Steven “Tommy” Roberts (6 February 1942 – 10 December 2012) was an English designer and fashion entrepreneur who operated prominent independent retail outlets including pop art boutique, Mr Freedom, and the 1980s decorative arts and homewares store, Practical Styling.
In 1969, Roberts was the first fashion business executive to license images from Walt Disney Productions, Ltd., and in 1972, he was the first fashion retailer to establish an outlet in London’s Covent Garden. Roberts’s shops sold designs worn as stagewear by Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Mick Jagger and David Bowie. In the mid-1970s, he was the manager of the pub rock group Kilburn & the High Roads fronted by Ian Dury. Later in life, Roberts promoted sales of collectibles, artefacts and furniture through London outlets Tom-Tom and Two Columbia Road.
Thomas Pingo (1714–1776) was an English medallist and die engraver. He worked for the Royal Mint in London. Originally thought to have come from Italy in 1742, and born there in 1692, he was in fact the son of Thomas Pingo Sr (1688 – after 1743) of Plumbtree Court, London. The Pingo family first appeared in London in the 1650s in the Parish of St Martins in the Fields.
His subjects included Charles Edward Stuart (Bonny Prince Charlie) and King George III of Great Britain. His was appointed Assistant Engraver at the Mint in 1771.
His sons Lewis Pingo (1743–1830) and John Pingo also became noted medallists, Lewis succeeding his father as the Mint’s Assistant Engraver in 1776. Another son, Benjamin Pingo (1749–94), was Rouge Dragon Pursuivant (1780-1786) and York Herald (1786-1794) in the College of Arms.
Paul Frank (full name Paul Frank Sunich), born August 29, 1967, is an American cartoonist, artist and fashion designer. His creations adorn clothing, accessories, and many other products. Julius the Monkey is one of Sunich’s best-known characters, and has appeared in a wide variety of media. He is also the founder of Paul Frank Industries.
Michael “Mike” Maltese (February 6, 1908 – February 22, 1981) was an American storyman for classic animated cartoon shorts.
Mark Randolph Osborne (September 17, 1970) is an American film director, writer, producer and animator.
Sympson the Joiner (fl. 1660s) was a joiner (and perhaps cabinet maker) who worked at the Royal Naval Dockyard at Woolwich in London. He is remembered only because Samuel Pepys mentions his name several times in his diary.
Pepys’ job as a naval administrator brought him into daily contact with the naval dockyards and he was responsible for various aspects of their administration. Although the diary explicitly notes that Pepys was paying him handsomely, it is probable that Sympson was working for Pepys instead of working on the interiors of warships.
In the 17th century, a “joiner” built furniture out of frame-and-panel construction, a refined version of the techniques that were also used to frame up doors and for the panelling of rooms, while a “cabinet-maker” built furniture with flush surfaces suitable for veneers or marquetry, assembled using dovetails. The two trades were quite distinct, and for the fitting out of Royal Navy ships the services of a joiner would have been much more appropriate.
Pepys’ diary records that he used Sympson’s services on several occasions to work on improvements for his office and his home in Seething Lane, London. For example, on 14 August 1668 he wrote: “At home I find Sympson putting up my new chimney-piece in our great chamber which is very fine, but will cost a great deal of money, but it is not flung away”.
Of especial interest is the fact that Pepys had Sympson build bookcases for his growing library of official papers and personal manuscripts and printed books. It is probable that these cases are the same ones that have been preserved in the Pepys Library at Magdalene College in accordance with the stipulations of Pepys’s will.
Pepys wrote on 17 August 1667
So took up my wife and home, there I to the office, and thence with Sympson, the joyner home to put together the press he hath brought me for my books this day, which pleases me exceedingly.
and a few days later
and then comes Sympson to set up my other new presses for my books, and so he and I fell into the furnishing of my new closett … so I think it will be as noble a closett as any man hath.
The surviving bookcases have paired glazed doors each in 21 small panes, over a low section, also with glazed panes, made to hold large folio volumes. The doors of the lower section slide to the side like a sash window, probably Pepys’ own invention. The base moldings and cornices are finely and robustly carved with acanthus leaf. Such tall bookcases with doors glazed like paned windows, were a contemporary innovation, but Pepys was alert and curious and well-connected in London, and there is no reason to think his “book-presses” were the very first with glass-paned doors.
Pepys began with three or four and kept adding to them until he had twelve.
Jeffrey Beecroft (born April 1, 1956) is an American production designer. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction for the film Dances with Wolves.
Ian Woodward Falconer (born August 25, 1959) is an American illustrator, children’s book author, and costume and set designer for the theater. He has created 30 covers for The New Yorker as well as other publications. Falconer is best known for the Olivia series, which features a young pig and her many adventures, which was inspired by the birth of his first niece and his desire to give her a special “first” present. Born in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Mr. Falconer, who graduated from The Cambridge School of Weston, studied art history at New York University and painting at Parsons School of Design and Otis Art Institute.
Richard Rosson (April 4, 1893 – May 31, 1953) was an American film director and actor. As an actor, he was known for the nearly 100 films he was in during the silent era. As a director, he was a co-director of the 1932 film Scarface.
Glen Keane (born April 13, 1954) is an American animator, author and illustrator. Keane is best known for his character animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios for feature films including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan and Tangled. Keane received the 1992 Annie Award for character animation, the 2007 Winsor McCay Award for lifetime contribution to the field of animation and in 2013 was named a Disney Legend.
Stephen Seymour (December 15, 1919 – June 20, 1973) was an American set decorator. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction for the film Louisiana Purchase.
He was born in New York and died in Ventura, California.
Paul Hatch (born 1969, Lichfield, United Kingdom) is a British industrial designer and is the founder / president of TEAMS Design USA, a global product design consultancy. Since 1998, Hatch has been successfully establishing TEAMS Design USA as a local consultancy with a global outlook in Chicago. TEAMS Design USA has become a valuable consistent team member for companies such as World Kitchen (Pyrex and Chicago Cutlery), HoMedics, Robert Bosch USA, Warn, Jarden (Sunbeam Products, Bionaire, Oster, and Mr. Coffee), Mansfield, Chicago Faucet, and Smith’s Edge.