Harry Ekman

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For the Swedish runner, see Harry Ekman (athlete).

Harry Ekman (Chicago, 1923 – Medford, New Jersey, 1999) was an American graphic artist.[1] His early influences were Gil Elvgren, Haddon Sundblom, Joyce Ballantyne. Ekman initially apprenticed with Sundblom [2] who was a close family friend and by 1951 for Elvgren.[3]

Career[edit]

Ekman studied at the American Academy of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He is best remembered for his pin-up and advertising work. Working with Gil Elvgren, he is thought to have penned several of the iconic images attributed to Elvgren.[4] By 1960, Ekman was making a transition from commercial illustration and pin-up art to portraiture. The rest of his career was devoted to gallery works and portraits.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harry Ekman pin-up girls. The Pin-up Files. Retrieved on September 25, 2016.
  2. ^ The True History of the Modern Day Santa Claus. The Coca-Cola Company (January 1, 2012). Retrieved on 2016-09-25.
  3. ^ Great American Pin-Up Artist. Gil Elvgren. Retrieved on September 25, 2016.
  4. ^ Harry Ekman pin-up girls. The Pin-up Files. Retrieved on September 25, 2016.

Sources[edit]

  • The Great American Pin-Up, by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, ISBN 3-8228-1701-5