The new issue of Illustration magazine has just arrived. The issue features Pete Hawley, whose perky and stylized females were used in countless swimsuit and underwear ads for the Jantzen company.
After the ad account went photographic in the early 1960s, Hawley shifted his style to paint cute kids for greeting cards and for Bell Telephone ads.
Until now, there have been a lot of false stories about Kley being a madman, but in fact he was fairly conventional—at least on the outside. His unbridled imagination has inspired many artists over the years, including Walt Disney, who publicly credited the influence on Fantasia.
The interviewer is Joe Procopio, who has just come out with two new books on Kley in his "Lost Art" series. I haven't seen the books, but the book trailer promises a lot of intriguing images.
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