Artist Lecture 2/24/11: Anita Kunz

On Thursday(2/24/11) our student body had the privilege of meeting three excellent illustrators. I found interesting that they all were illustrators but did worked on a completely different level.  The one I was more interested in was Anita Kunz.

Anita Kunz is a Canadian born illustrator who has contributed her skills to magazines such as The New York Times, Rolling Stones, Vanity Fair, several others.  Also, she did work for advertising agencies, book publishers and design firms.  Kunz has illustrated more than fifty book cover jackets.  She teaches at workshops and lectures at universities and institutions.  Kunz has received several awards and has some of her in work in museums such as the Norman Rockwell Museum.  Others have been place in the Library of Congress and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C..  From 2000 to 2003 Anita served on the Board of Directors of the Illustration conference and she was recently named one of the fifty most influential women in Canada by the National Post newspaper.

Artist Research: Will H. Bradley

Will H. Bradley (1868-1962) was an American artist and Nouveau Illustrator.  He was the highest paid illustrator of the twentieth century and he was nick named the” Dean of American Designers”.  Bradley received his first job when he was 12 as a printer for a weekly newspaper.  Later he set up Wayside Press where he was an illustrator, typographer, editor, designer, and press manager.  He created his first book titled Bradley: His Book.  The book consisted of stories, poems, and sketches.  The book was a success and he was financially successful.  At the age of 28, Bradley was forced to sell Wayside Press do to stress.  Afterward, he continued to work for other companies such as Collier’s Weekly, and William Randolph Hearst’s film division.  Bradley also won the highest award for any graphic designer, the AIGA Award in 1954.

Artist Research: Tamara De Lempicka

Tamara De Lempicka was a Polish painter and is consider the most famous painter of the Art Deco period.  Most of her portrait work seem to appeal to the rich because of her use of bold colors and tones.  She was introduced to art at the age of 12.  Her mom had her portrait painted by famous artist.  When she saw her portrait and didn’t like it.  She felt like she could have did a better job.  But she made it difficult for the painter because she was constantly moving.  To prove herself, she painted a portrait of her sister and was very please with it.  That’s when her love for art began.  Lempicka’s art style was influenced by her two art teachers, Maurice Denis and Andreé Lhote.  With the two styles, she combined post-symbolism with cubism making her the best portrait artist in Paris.