John Alcorn – American Illustrator with “Golden Hands”

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John Alcorn (1935-1992) was one of the most versatile and gifted artists and illustrators of the 20th century. His unique style of crazy colors, sinuous shapes and natural forms heavily influenced the commercial and artistic scope of America’s visual landscape.

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Alcorn’s works have graced the pages and covers of numerous books (Random House, Guanda, etc), movie posters (Federico Fellini’s Amarcord), record covers and magazines.

The book, John Alcorn : Evolution by Design showcases hundreds of works produced over forty years, with a number of revealing essays into the American artist’s life work.

Check out works by the prolific ’50s-to-’80s-era illustrator below:

Pharmaceutical illustration, 1960

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Title design for Federico Fellini’s Amarcord, 1973

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Unpublished poster for Fellini’s Il Casanova, 1976

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Illustration for Morgan Press calendar, 1967

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Design and illustration for Never Make Fun of a Turtle, My Son by Martin Gardner, 1969

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Book cover for Mrs. Wallop by Peter DeVries, 1970

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Book cover for A Spy in the Family by Alec Waugh, 1970

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One of a series of unpublished work safety posters, 1972

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Editorial illustration, 1980’s

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Book cover illustration for Italian version of Watership Down by Richard Adams, 1974

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