Saturday, October 20, 2012

Illustrator of the Week: Brad Holland

Largely self-taught, Brad Holland (b.1943) is one of the most prominent illustrators, and one of the most copied, in the industry today. His career really began in 1960 when he worked for Hallmark as a greeting card artist.  By the late 60's he moved to New York without any job prospects and pounded the pavements looking for work, which he found at magazines like Avant-Garde, Playboy, Time and Newsweek as well as several 'underground' publications.

In 1972, Jean-Claude Suares, art director of the New York Times op-ed page, invited Holland to contribute his illustrations.  Along with a handful of other artists, Holland set a new direction in American illustration- away from literal representation and more toward metaphorical art.

Since then, Holland has become a leader in the industry, founding the Illustrators Partnership of America, and in 1991, winning the prestigious Hamilton King award from the Society of Illustrators.

Brad Holland continues to be one of the most sought-after illustrators in the industry.

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