Thanks to our friends over at Titan Books this last week I was able to review Terry Parker’s new book on the works of artist David Wright. I was rather surprised by this collection as I have more than a passing knowledge of pin-up artists like Gil Elvgreen and Alberto Vargas and yet sadly I had never been introduced to the works of British illustrator David Wright (1912- 1967).
Parker’s new book, which took ten years of research, is going to help the world become reacquainted with not what I would consider to be a “lost” master of the pin-up art but one whose work wasn’t readily made available to the masses after World War II. David Wright, as we learn from the book, was adaptable in his style and found himself able to move on from pin-up art when social morals challenged such work to that of advertising artwork like for Schweppes soft drinks and even cartooning, illustrating the popular British daily comic strip Carol Day from 1956 to 1967.
Sirens: The Pin-Up Art of David Wright focuses mostly on the 169 illustrations produced during World War II for the British magazine The Sketch but even includes artwork from William Randolph Hearst’s The American Weekly, which includes some of my favorite artwork in the book from the series entitled “The Girls They Left Behind”.
That image by the way is in fact my favorite from “The Girls They Left Behind”, thankfully the images reproduced in the book are of high quality. That is due to not only the hard work of Terry Parker but David Wright’s two sons who together have collected over 250 pieces of pin-up art, sketches, advertising designs, and samples of cartooning.
Sirens: The Pin-Up Art of David Wright will be available on store shelves tomorrow but you can still pre-order your copy from Amazon.com and if you find yourself with a passing interest in the artwork that helped boost the morale’s of our Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers during World War II you might want to add this art book to your personal collection.
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