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Seymour Chwast
Girl on a Buick Painting on Metal Cut Out Sculpture Wall Hanging

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Seymour Chwast, B. 1931, American, 'Girl on a Buick', Painted Sheet Metal. A label on the reverse reads: "Seymour Chwast, 'Girl on a Buick', Metal Cut-Out, $2,000" Provenance: Bachelier-Cardonsky Gallery, Kent CT Seymour Chwast (born August 18, 1931) is an American graphic designer, illustrator, and type designer. Chwast was born in Bronx, New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union in 1951. With Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, he founded Push Pin Studios in 1954. Often referred to as "the left-handed designer," Chwast's unique graphic design melded social commentary and a distinctive style of illustration. Today, he continues to work and is principal at The Pushpin Group, Inc. in New York City. In 1979, he was hired by McDonald's to design on the first box for their Happy Meals. He is the font designer of Chwast Buffalo, Fofucha, Loose Caboose NF, and Weedy Beasties NF. He is a member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI). In the pantheon of American (nay, world) illustration, he stands, albeit slightly shorter and a little more rumpled, beside N.C. Wyeth, J. C. Leyendecker, and Normal Rockwell—and he’s not through yet. His drawing style was influenced by Paul Klee, Roualt and Ben Shahn. After working at the New York Times, Esquire, House and Garden and Glamour magazines, Chwast, with Sorel and Ruffins developed Push Pin Studio in 1954. Producing a wide variety of illustrations, posters, typography and animation, as well as design for packaging, magazines, record albums and book covers, Chwast's designs are a sophisticated blend of raucous colors, and comic book drawing. Often incorporating inventive typographic juxtapositions appropriated from over a century of handbills, illustrations and advertising, Chwast has influenced a generation of graphic designers and and typographers. In 1971 He was elected to the Board of Directors, American Institute of Graphic Arts and in 1971-72 he co-designed and directed "Audience" magazine. He was appointed a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1975, the same year he founded Push Pin Press. He edited and published Push Pin Graphic in 1976, became Director of Pushpin Luballin Peckolick in 1982 and was inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 1984. Since 1985 he has been Director of The Pushpin Group. He has had many one person exhibitions in New York, California and Florida as well as London, Paris, Vienna, Warsaw and many other European capitals. In March 1970 Push Pin Studios was the subject of a two month retrospective at the Museé des arts decoratif. Chwast has been a member of the faculty of the Cooper Union and The School of Visual Arts and also lectures to student and professional groups.
  • Creator:
    Seymour Chwast (1931, American)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 42 in (106.68 cm)Width: 36 in (91.44 cm)
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  • Condition:
    Minor surface abrasions, minor paint loss.
  • Gallery Location:
    Surfside, FL
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 24271stDibs: LU38212147842
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