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16.3.08

Jim Flora

James —Jim Flora is best-known for his wild jazz and classical album covers for Columbia Records (late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s), but his influence is clearly felt in much of contemporary illustration and design.
Flora authored and illustrated 17 popular children's books and flourished for decades as a magazine illustrator. Few realize, however, that Flora was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and violence. Cute — and deadly.
JimFlora.com exhibits samples of Flora's fine art, commercial assignments, sketches, prints, books, and memorabilia. Jim Flora once said that all he wanted to do was "create a little piece of excitement." He overshot his goal with much of his work.
Two books have been published by Fantagraphics, anthologising his work:

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