Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Boris Artzybasheff: Portraits

Boris Artzybasheff: Buckminster Fuller

Boris Artzybasheff: Craig Rice

Boris Artzybasheff: George W. Beadle

Boris Artzybasheff: Raymond Loewy

Boris Artzybasheff art

Boris Artzybasheff: Carl Jung

Boris Artzybasheff: Dave Brubeck

Boris Artzybasheff: Edward Teller

Boris Artzybasheff: Louis Armstrong

Boris Artzybasheff (1899-1965) fought with anti-communist White Russians before immigrating to the USA. He spoke no English and arrived there with 14 cents to his name. 

An "artistic chameleon," he was able to adapt to different design styles, from children's books to portraits. He was renowned for his ability to transform machines into surreal living beings (and also living beings into who-knows-what). 

Artzybasheff served as an advisor to the Psychological Warfare branch of the USA government during WW II. He was a profuse illustrator for the all major magaziness: Life, Fortune, and Time (producing 200+ covers for the latter). He illustrated 50 books, including several he wrote himself, notably "As I See.

Artzybasheff also produced plentiful ad work for Xerox, Shell Oil, Pan Am, Casco Power Tools, Alcoa Steamship lines, Parke Davis, Avco Manufacturing, Scotch Tape, Wickwire Spencer Steele, Vultee Aircraft, World Airways, and Parker Pens. Mechanics Illustrated profiled him with a cover story in 1954, "When Machines Come to Life."

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