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The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Jim Flora (1914-1998), long admired for boisterous 1940s and '50s record cover illustrations and a later series of best-selling children's books, has been rediscovered in recent years as an alchemist of bizarre and politely disturbing imagery. The Sweetly Diabolic Art of Jim Flora burnishes the reputation of one of the great overlooked paintbox fantasists of the twentieth ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Fantagraphics (first published June 30th 2008)
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Jan 31, 2014 Melki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: art
I was very surprised to find this puppy in a remainder catalog, but there it was, nestled within those pages of cheap books. Even on sale, it was still more than I usually pay for a book, but now that it's mine, all mine, I am oh, so happy I shelled out for this one!

Flora (1914-1998) was a commercial artist known for his '40s and '50's album covers:



magazine and ad work:


and even some children's books that I truly wish I owned.


On the dust jacket, Flora's work is described as being "eyeball jazz th
May 22, 2014 Ginger rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ginger by: Thanks Sarah for reminding me of Jim Flora.
Shelves: art, non-fiction
This is the third of a six volume anthology of Jim Flora. In retrospect, I think I would have enjoyed the first two volumes more and should have read those first. Not that the work needs to be examined sequentially, just that the material in the earlier books might have sparked my interest more fully. I found much of it visually interesting, if not irresistible.
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