The Whimsical Work of David Weidman and Also Some Serious Ones

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David Weidman's name may not be familiar, but his work certainly is. Weidman began his career as an animator in 1950s Los Angeles, painting backgrounds for Hannah Barbara and setting the standard for the look of cartoons of that era. However, like a true entrepreneur he soon began to work for himself, and went on to establish a style that is today instantly recognizable and iconic. A printmaker, ceramicist, font designer, painter, cartoonist, and silk screener, Weidman never stopped experimenting as an artist. Today at age 87 Weidman's staggering body of work is just as modern and visually stunning as it was forty years ago. His graphic sensibility and expert use of saturated color palletes evoke the vintage modern look while remaining completely relevant to contemporary designers. The Whimsical Work of David Weidman is a long overdue career retrospective of a true originator, who created the look of an era.

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Perusing The Whimsical Work of David Weidman and Also Some Serious Ones (Gingko Press, $34.95), a new book that collects the artist s output, might bring back memories of childhood Saturdays spent in front of the TV with a bowl of cereal. In the 1950s and early 60s, Mr. Weidman worked for animation studios like Hanna-Barbera. Later, he opened a gallery in West Hollywood, Calif., where he sold graphic silk-screen prints in saturated colors that found favor with interior decorators and commercial clients. Some of my prints were instigated by having a feeling about a particular subject, said Mr. Weidman, who often depicted animals or other aspects of the natural world. At other times, I would finish a print, grab a subject matter and go. I had to make a living. The artist, 87 and retired, now sells his vintage serigraphs online, most for $45 to $275 ( Dummy Cat, is $220). --Steven Kurutz, The New York Times

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