Gone With The Wind - The Collectors Edition
Raymond Kursar (born 1944) is an American artist, illustrator and graphic designer; known for his Broadway play posters, fine giclee limited edition prints and the movie classic “Gone with the Wind” collector’s plate collection.
Early art training
Kursar art career training began in 1966. He attended the School of Advertising Arts in Portland, Oregon. This exposure afforded him an artistic position in the advertising department of Lipman & Wolf Company. After honing his illustration skills at Lipman & Wolf Company by 1969 he saved enough money to relocate to New York City. There Kursar was hired by a Madison Avenue Advertising Agency from 1969 to 1972 where he created product and label packaging designs. In 1973 to 1979 Kursar began illustrating for several publishing houses and greeting card manufactures. He created greeting cards for the American Artist's Group as many contemporary artists like Chen Chi, Eyvind Earle, Norman Rockwell, Ralph Avery, Hans Moller, who also created seasonal greeting card designs year after year for the American Artist’s Group. 
During the period from 1979 to 1985 Kursar started illustrating for a number of today’s popular American Magazines, and his illustrations appeared in magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Readers Digest and National Lampoon Magazine. He has also illustrated hundreds of romance novel covers for book publishers such as Bantam Books, Ace Books, Random House and Pocket books & Zebra Books, Avon, Fawcett, Ballantine, Doubleday, Charles Scribner & Sons, etc. In 1979 Kursar was commissioned by the Knowles China Plate Company to illustrate on fine china the movie classic “Gone with the Wind”. this Collectable’s plate collection was featured as the cover story in the June 1983 issue of Plate World Magazine.
Raymond Kursar illustrated posters for “Shakespeare in the Park” and the Artist created numerous Events Poster Art for Broadway Plays including “Grease”, “Hello Dolly”, “City Of Angles”, “The Good Doctor”, “That Championship Season”, and “Legend”. Kursar was also commissioned to do artwork for album covers for the works of classical Guitarist Andrés Segovia and jazz musician Louis Armstrong. Raymond Kursar has also created art pieces & posters for producer Joseph Papp, writer Neil Simon and for Magician Harry Blackstone. Kursar also illustrated poster art for “Big Apple Circus” and the “Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus”.
- Official website
- The Annual Illustrators 13
- Roster of the American Artist's Group Greeting Card Artists Past & Present
- The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum in Marietta, Georgia – Exhibits the Gone with the Wind “Collectors’ Edition” of fine Giclee prints by the artist.