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Tom McNeely Mid century Illustrator

November 6, 2018

Born in Toronto in 1935, Tom McNeely studied with two prominent Canadian artists before setting off on his own highly successful career.

He was a prominent artist of his time and was commissioned to work in all manner of subjects.

Illustrating books, magazines, posters, adverts and even stamps.

He had a real talent for both laying out a scene and for drawing you into one.

 

His paintings for Canada’s Expo ’67 and the 1976 Olympics brought him worldwide fame and his distinctively-styled portraits of some of the world’s most famous personalities have been featured in numerous museums.

He also illustrated history books and modern fictional book covers.

As well as Cars and couples.

He loved experimenting with a wide variety of styles and media.

 

Here’s a small selection of Tom’s artwork from magazines of the sixties.

There is sometimes tension, passion and always that certain something that keeps you intrigued.

“Before I begin to paint, I immerse myself in my subject. I learn all I can about the person and the age when he lived. Only then, when I feel completely familiar with the subject — almost as if I can see him firsthand — do I begin a work of art.”

Space, monsters and everyday family life all featured in his vast portfolio of work.

You can find more information on Tom over at Today’s Inspiration and there’s five other posts featured at the end of this one. Thanks again to Leif Peng for some of the illustrations used in today’s post.

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