The dazzling work of David Weidman
Feeling gloomy? Go to Google and enter ‘David Weidman’; choose ‘image search’; lose yourself in a glorious cornucopia of colour.
Like The Provensons, Weidman is an artist who finessed his skills in the animation studio. He began his career in 1950s Los Angeles, painting backgrounds for Hannah Barbara, and is known for his work on Mr. Magoo, Fractured Fairy Tales and other classic cartoon series of the 1950s and ‘60s. I was delighted to learn his many credits include the marvellous Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
Later he opened a gallery on West Hollywood’s famous La Cienega Boulevard, where he sold his richly colourful silkscreen prints and slowly built up a following. Now 89, Weidman is finally an internationally acclaimed artist, and still producing vibrant, multi-layered work which, with its ‘retro modern’ aesthetic, has become newly fashionable.
You can buy a marvellous book of his prints, The Whimsical Work of David Weidman and Also Some Serious Ones, here, though it seems to sell out regularly.
There’s also an informative, if short, article in the LA Times here, and an entry on the book, with a short bio, in my favourite sexy-looking blog Grain Edit.