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Tom Lovell is widely known today for his Western and fine art work, and previous books focused almost exclusively on this side of his career. This branches out to explore the artist's earlier days as an illustrator. Featuring over 270 beautiful illustrations reproduced from the original paintings and drawings, as well as scores of rarely seen tear sheets from the pulps, the slicks, and beyond, circa the 1930s to the mid-70s.
Lovell got his start in the pulp magazines, doing covers for westerns like Wild West Weekly and detective titles like Top Notch, Dime Mystery and Detective Tales. But this isn't about a long career in the pulps, because he didn't have one. His talent was quickly recognized and by 1937-38, he jumped to some of the most prestigous titles in the elite slick magazine field, including American Magazine and Cosmopolitan, doing superb and compelling illustrations for stories by the country's' top fiction writers.
Soon he was working for Good Housekeeping, The Ladies Home Journal, McCalls, Redbook, True, Life and National Geographic --the very top tier of slick magazines, a market that nearly every artist aspired to. He excelled in beautiful women in contemporary settings, and strong, handsome men, the ideals of post-war America.
He considered himself "a storyteller with a brush." And this shows in his work, his pictures capturing a moment of drama, danger, action, even romance, powerful scenes that indeed convey a story.
His was a style emulated and admired throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s. He later moved into yet another career in fine art, working for the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, National Geographic Society, U.S. Maritime Academy, New Britain Museum, Syracuse University, and The Explorer's Club, among others.
Originally released in October 2016 in a limited edition of only 1000 copies, Tom Lovell - Illustrator sold fast, and was out of print shortly following publication. (If you missed out on the first printing, you may have seen them selling for big bucks in the after-market.) After receiving numerous requests for a reprint, Illustrated Press decided to do so. A major new book from the publisher of Illustration Magazine, Norman Saunders, H.J. Ward, Walter Baumhofer, Reynold Brown, Dean Cornwell, and Masterworks: The Golden Age of Illustration.
The publisher notes: This second printing is virtually identical to the first edition, apart from a few additional artworks and some slight improvements to the quality of a few color reproductions.
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Item Code TLIH Publisher Illustrated Press Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9780997029222 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 224pg Color Full Color