February 19, 1954|
Newark, New Jersey
|Education||Parsons School of Design|
Victor Juhasz (born February 19, 1954) is an American artist
Juhasz is an artist, illustrator and children's book illustrator. The artist works in pen and ink, as well as pencil, colored pencil and watercolor.
Early life and education
Juhasz grew up in Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1974 His first widely seen illustrations were published by The New York Times while the artist was still a student.
Juhasz has been popularly recognized for his illustrations that accompanied the humor columns of David Feherty for Golf Magazine, who wrote for the magazine from the mid-1990s until Feherty's final entry in the March 2012 issue of the magazine.
From 2015 on, he has also created original artwork to illustrate political articles on Canada's National Observer.
Drawing as a court reporter
Early in his career, Juhasz did courtroom drawings for ABC-TV, which included depicting the arraignment of David Richard Berkowitz, also known as Son of Sam. The artist also worked in the same capacity for The Washington Post, most notably during the trial of John Hinckley Jr. for the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.
Drawing on the front lines
In the tradition of combat illustrators that can be traced back to Winslow Homer's artwork during the Civil War, and more recently Howard Brodie of CBS News, Juhasz has taken an active role in documenting the US Military in theater as well as in training.
Drawing for the military started for Juhasz in 2006, after he donated art work to the Air Force Art Program. Shortly afterwards, Juhasz visited bases in Texas and New Mexico where the Army was training Air Force personnel for urban combat. Assignments drawing the Air Force Special Operations Combat Control teams training in North Carolina and the ParaRescue Jumpers in training in New Mexico followed.
Juhasz was part of the Troops First Foundation tour, "Operation LINKS," and visited bases in Kuwait and Iraq in November 2008. Juhasz documented military men and women while in theater. The works he returned to United States with were described as entirely different from his better-known politically charged imagery.
During Thanksgiving week of 2010, Juhasz accompanied Troops First Foundation to visit Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan to create portraits of service members. On his return the artist mailed the original art works to the military families.
In early 2011, Juhasz began collaborating with the Joe Bonham Project, started by combat artist and former Marine Michael D. Fay, drawing and painting wounded soldiers and Marines at Bethesda Naval Hospital and McGuire Hospital in Richmond, VA, as part of artistic documentations of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the Smithsonian.
In July 2011, Juhasz embedded as a combat artist with Major Shane Mendenhall of the 1–52nd Arctic Dustoff, an Army helicopter MEDEVAC unit as well as members of Alpha Company 7–101 from Fort Campbell, Kentucky in Kandahar, Afghanistan, for two weeks, accompanying the medic teams on missions recovering the wounded.
In 2013, Juhasz was awarded a gold medal from the Society of illustrators for his 'An American Artist in the Combat Zone' series.
- G is for Gladiator: An Ancient Rome Alphabet by Michael and Debbie Shoulders Sleeping Bear Press (2010)
- Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet by Helen L. Wilbur (2008)
- H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian, Sleeping Bear Press (2007)
- Everyone Counts: A Citizens' Number Book by Elissa Grodin, Sleeping Bear Press (2006)
- R Is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet by Judy Young, Sleeping Bear Press (2006)
- D Is for Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet by Elissa Grodin, Sleeping Bear Press (2004)
- Behind the Phantom's Mask by Roger Ebert, Andrews McMeel Publishing (1993)
- She Never Looked Back by Samuel Epstein, Beryl Williams Epstein, Putnam Publishing Group (1980)
- The Mysterious Rays: Marie Curie's World by Nancy Veglahn, Putnam Publishing Group (1977)
Honors and awards
- Vice president, board of directors executive officer, Society of Illustrators (2012)
- Gold Medal, Society of Illustrators (2013)
- Hamilton King Award, Society of Illustrators (2013)
- Silver Medal, Society of Illustrators (2010)
- "Parsons Alumni". Retrieved 2013-05-26.
- "Andrew Cox Interview". July 5, 2011.
- "Huffington Post Contributors". Retrieved 2014-05-23.
- David Feherty (February 8, 2011). "Sports Illustrated – Behind every successful Irish halfwit is a great illustrator".
- Matt Taibbi (May 22, 2013). "Rolling Stone".
- "Jacket Flap Author Profile". Retrieved 2013-05-26.
- John Bentley (October 5, 2011). "CBS News – Sketching the war in Afghanistan".
- "DVIDS Troop Images". November 25, 2010.
- "American Prospect – Afghanistan Sketches". December 12, 2012.
- "Society of Illustrators 2013 Awards". Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- "Sleeping Bear Press Illustrators". Retrieved 2013-05-23.
- "Society of Illustrators Board". Retrieved 2013-05-23.