Harry Ekman

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Harry Ekman (born in Chicago Il. in 1923) was a significant 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] He died in Medford, New Jersey in 1999.


Harry 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.



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