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SHANNON STIRNWEIS 80 Years Behind the Brush

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SHANNON STIRNWEIS 80 Years Behind the Brush

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Recommended. By Shannon Stirnweis. Born in 1931, Shannon Stirnweis has had a long and varied career as an illustrator and fine artist. This is a retrospective of Shannon's work, and presents pieces from each stage of his extensive career, annotated with revealing commentary from the artist. Following two years as a sketchman at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he started working for men's adventure magazines, then worked extensively doing paperback covers. At the same time he worked for advertising clients in a variety of areas such as medical, stamps, movies, and industrial illustrations.

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Born in 1931, Shannon Stirnweis has had a long and varied career as an illustrator and fine artist. This is a retrospective of Shannon's work, and presents pieces from each stage of his extensive career, annotated with revealing commentary from the artist. Following two years as a sketchman at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he started working for men's adventure magazines, then worked extensively doing paperback covers. At the same time he worked for advertising clients in a variety of areas such as medical, stamps, movies, and industrial illustrations.

Shannon briefly attended the University of Oregon for a year before transferring to the original ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, where he attained a scholarship and graduated with distinction in 1954. Following university Shannon served two years as an Army Illustrator in Germany. On his return to the U.S. He found that the demand for artists in Western galleries to be negligible at best, while in the East the market for illustrators was doing quite well.

Like James Bama, he moved into the area of Western and Indian paintings later in his career, and this volume shows an abundance of this work.  More recently, he began experimenting with more abstract, even distorted paintings of what might have been traditional subjects, including Flamenco dancers, American Indian myths and legends, etc. Our last scan shows one of these pieces.

He didn't neglect the book field. Shannon illustrated many paperback covers, working for almost all of the paperback publishers in New York. He illustrated over 35 children's books, such as War of the Worlds amd The Swiss Family Robinson, pictured here. He even worked on packaging, such as Lone Ranger and Tonto model kits -- one is included here.

His work for men's magazines was typical of other artists such as Bama, and here is included one of his covers and three b&w interior pieces. The point is that Shannon has touched on just about every area in commercial illustration, and done it exceedingly well. Although we've not seen his name before, since there's never been an art book devoted to his work--until now--we are both surprised and impressed with his talents. Obviously publisher John Fleskes, one of the most repected publishers in our field, is also impressed enough to produced this fine collection.

He has also writiten and illustrated three books for the Grumbacher Library: The Art of Painting the Dog, The Art of Painting the Cat and The Art of Painting the Wild West.

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Item Code SHANSH
Publisher Illustrated Press
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9780997029239
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 9X12
# Pages 164pg
Color Full Color
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