Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gyo Fujikawa

[USA] (b 1908/d 1998)

"Gyo Fujikawa was born in Berkeley, California ; she moved to Los Angeles  to attend Chouinard Art Institute in 1926, having received a scholarship, After graduating and spending a year in Japan, she was on the Chouinard faculty from 1933-37 ; Fujikawa worked for the Walt Disney Company in California as a promotional artist, before moving to New York in 1941. From 1943-51 she worked for the pharmaceutical advertising agency William Douglas McAdams. In 1951 Fujikawa became a full-time freelancer, producing a dozen front-cover illustrations for Children's Digest and other periodicals, and about five years later she was approached by juvenile editor Debra Dorfman at Grosset & Dunlap to illustrate Robert Louis Stevenson's "A Child's Garden of Verses". This was her first published children's book . Babies, the first book both written and illustrated by Fujikawa in 1963, was also one of the earliest children's books to use multi-racial characters, a consistent feature across her body of work. Fujikawa's books have been reprinted for mass-market and published worldwide. Her joyous illustrations remain sweet and nostalgic and her paintings of children are recognizable for round happy faces, rosy cheeks and simple dot eyes.


USA 1960 "Centenary of US/Japan Treaty" (1) [Recess] Sc(1158)

USA 1966 "Beautification of America" (1) [Recess] Sc(1318)

USA 1982 "50th Anniversary of the International Peace Garden (US-Canada Border)" (1) [Recess][Litho] Sc(2014)

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