Archive for January, 2007

Jim Flora, new book, new site

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Sinister Art of Jim Flora
More of Jim Flora’s art is being made available with a revamp of his website and the release of a new book The Curiously Sinister Art of Jim Flora

THE CURIOUSLY SINISTER ART OF JIM FLORA presents rascally and rarely seen fine art and artifacts from Flora’s private collection. Fans of Flora’s LP covers, kid-lit, and Mischievous Art offerings will marvel at these eye-boggling treasures, which include paintings, watercolors, sketches, woodcuts and all manner of visual genius. Flora’s style is cartoonish, evoking childhood nostalgia and dereliction of adult responsibility. There are clowns and kitty cats, grinning faces and beaming suns. But Flora did not restrain his darker impulses. His montages are dotted with guns and knives and fang-baring snakes. Muggers run amok, demons frolic with rouged harlots, and Flora’s characters suffer – that is, are afflicted by the artist with — severe disfigurement. The Curiously Sinister Art features over 240 images, including 1940s Columbia Records printed matter exhibiting Flora’s visual pranks; magazine illos from the 1940s-1960s; relics from his late-1930s academic years, photos, and personal keepsakes.

Written by Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon and published by Fantagraphics Books. It comes out in February.

Sneak peak!

Pre-order here

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