Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Austin Briggs for Lunch

Zdepski's photo of Austin Briggs poster and signature
Zdepski's photo of Austin Briggs poster and signature
Zdepski's photo of Austin Briggs poster and signature
Zdepski's photo of Austin Briggs poster and signature
While out for a bite to eat at the Revolution in old town Charlottesville VA on Saturday, Noelle and I spied a bunch of Austin Briggs (1908-1973) original TWA posters from the late 1950s decorating the place. The era was right at the cusp of the propeller and jet crossover. Austin's work is vibrant and inviting. His work is bold, and mixes the graphic style he perfected in comic illustration from his Flash Gordon days, with the painterly influences surrounding him in the "Beat" New York atmosphere of the Abstract and Pop era. Sorry about the glare, but light was bouncing all over the place, since people still insist on seeing what they're putting into their mouths.

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