Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Boris Artzybasheff

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Boris Artzybasheff has and always will be a huge influence on me. His work is incredible. "Such extreme perfection in art can't be possible," I though when I first saw it. But apparently, it is.

Why such a mainstream magazine as TIME accepted his strange, subtle art is a mystery, but I'm sure glad they did! He introduced the general public to his great art and did over 200 covers for the magazine! Basil Wolverton had to have seen some of this.

Even though he did so many covers for the famous magazine, he is very obscure today. I've included a gallery for the benifit of newcomers and old Artzybasheff fans alike to enjoy.

I'd like to close with my favorite:

And by the way, Merry Christmas!


J.R. Spumkin said...


Never heard of Mr. Artzybasheff, but I'll definitely look at his stuff. It's very fascinating, in fact.

Spitter, do you plan to do any posts on other greats like Wolverton and Crumb?

Phantom Spitter said...

I've considered them both, and eventually I'll do some posts on them. I'll try to focus on lesser-known guys, though. I won't just do posts on artists. I'll mention movies, events, etc., too. Glad you liked Artzybasheff's work!

Deniseletter said...

Very interesting!Many figures of Mr. Artzybasheff are as if they were an electronic Basil Wolverton's.It was an artistic tendency of that time?

Phantom Spitter said...

"Many figures of Mr. Artzybasheff are as if they were an electronic Basil Wolverton's. It was an artistic tendency of the time?"

I don't know about that. Dali must have been an influence on him. But I don't know if the style was an "artistic tendency of the time" because styles of that time (except, of course, Basil Wolverton's) seemed to avoid that approach. Thanks for stopping by!

Phantom Spitter said...

Did that sound too critical of your statement? I didn't mean to be. I actually have no idea. It's a big possibility!