As much as I obsess over mid-century interiors and furnishings, lately I find myself particularly drawn to the illustration art from that era.
I love the crisp geometric shapes, the interesting textures, the composition, the vivid colors....everything about it.
Sadly, Etsy doesn't have too many mid-century illustrations for sale. But it did lead me to discover an AMAZING artist who was new to me: Mary Blair.
Mary Blair gained fame by doing incredible concept work for some of Disney's most classic films. She even helped design the It's a Small World After All amusement park ride! After her innovative career with Disney, she continued making personal art and working as a freelance graphic designer.
Her paintings are so gorgeous, with such impeccable composition, that I don't think I can ever see the finished films again without thinking of their beautiful conception.
Alice in Wonderland
Images found all over: here, here, here, and here. There's also another great flickr featuring lots of her work.
Of course, a post about mid-century illustration wouldn't be complete without Charley Harper! He is known for his unique, highly stylized art, which he called "minimal realism." His nature-inspired works were published widely in books and magazines throughout his career.
All images found at the Charles Harper Illustrations Fan Club flickr.
There are so many other flickr groups full of mid-century illustrators and their stunning work. Check out the following links if you want to explore on your own!