Published January 28, 2010 by Graham
Do yourself a favor and peruse the playful paintings of Coles Phillips. Surging to prominence after World War I and riding the wave of the roaring 20’s, Phillips was a young genius of editorial art whose work conquered the newsstands on the covers of periodicals like Life and Good Housekeeping. Deceptively straightforward, Phillips’ style isn’t far off from the eye-popping photorealism that Norman Rockwell would later hone into an art– yet each piece seems to be hinting at something beneath the surface. Establishing a distinct voice in the early days of visual mass media couldn’t have been easy, but Phillips’ work manages to tell you who he is even as it sells you cars, silverware, and the American dream.
Published June 25, 2009 by Graham
Illustrator John Paul Thurlow’s blissful blog, Covers, is a repository for radical reinventions of beloved magazine covers– an ode to the art of the printed publication’s visage. With magazines dropping left and right in the past few years, Thurlow’s work feels like a eulogy to a struggling medium, reminding us how dazzlingly impactful the front page alone can be. In Thurlow’s words:
This is an homage, an attempt to create cover art for every great magazine I own (+ a few I wish I owned). It’s never a straight crib and it’s not about perfection, the source magazines are simply a playground for my imagination…
Covering covers lets me combine some of my favourite things; portraiture, pencil sketching, typography, graphic design, and ideas – there’s usually one in there somewhere.