Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Almost Human

Boris Artzybasheff, probably the most imaginative American illustrator, designed advertisements 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. His graphic style is striking. In commercial work he explored grotesque experiments in anthropomorphism, where toiling machines displayed distinctly human attributes.
Here is an ad from his Lycoming series, 1954

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