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David Weidman Still Wows us at 89

September 22, 2010

David Weidman’s name may not be familiar, but his work certainly is.

Weidman began his career as an animator in 1950s Los Angeles, painting backgrounds

for Hannah Barbara and setting the standard for the look of cartoons of that era.

However, like a true entrepreneur he soon began to work for himself,

and went on to establish a style that is today instantly recognizable and iconic.

A printmaker, ceramicist, font designer, painter, cartoonist, and silk screener,

Weidman never stopped experimenting as an artist.

Today at age 89 Weidman’s staggering body of work is just as modern and visually stunning

as it was forty years ago. His graphic sensibility and expert use of saturated colour palletes

evoke the vintage modern look while remaining completely relevant to contemporary designers.

“The Whimsical Work of David Weidman” is a long overdue career retrospective

of a true originator, who created the look of an era.

(Taken from Amazon)

I’ve just decided to treat myself to the above mentioned book, will blog more when it arrives.

There is an up to date article from the Los Angeles Times here ,

and another from Cartoon Brew here.

“He’s the best almost-undiscovered designer in Los Angeles,” says Michael Giaimo, 56,

a Disney animation art director who reveres Weidman as a master.

“The sunny, optimistic tone of his work is quintessentially Southern Californian,

and there’s an overtly decorative element to his work that creates a folksy quality,

which is more embracing to the general viewer than fine art.”

The well known ‘Urban Outfitters’ store have teamed up with this great talent to produce a range of cards

and cushions for the home, more details here.

There is also a great selection of prints and posters available to buy from David’s own website here.

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