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Diamond in the Sky by James Avati ?? uk vintage 0 uk vintage 6 years ago

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James Avati was born in December 1912 in Bloomfield, New Jersey; he studied Architecture and Archaeology at Princeton University. Avati spent 3,5 years in the Army during World War II as a radio operator in Europe. Returning to America he settled in Red Bank, New Jersey and decided to go to work as a commercial artist. He did illustrations for magazines such as McCall’s, Collier’s and Ladies’ Home Journal.

In 1948 agent Seymour Thompson put Avati in touch with Kurt Enoch at the New American Library; the result was Avati’s first paperback cover for NAL (Signet 706, Last of the Conquerors) in March 1949. Enoch and art director John Legakes were so impressed with Avati’s style that they assigned him to produce dozens of additional Signet covers, including new covers for new printings of books whose original covers had been illustrated by Robert Jonas. In 1949 and 1950 he also made a few covers for art director Don Gelb at Bantam Books, in fact his first paperbackcover ever was The other Room (Bantam 463) in January 1949.

An Avati “school” of paperback art quickly sprang into being. Illustrators including George Erickson, Mitchell Hooks, Cardiff, Stanley Meltzoff, Tom Dunn and Rudy Nappi all began to work in the dark Avati style. Avati’s finest period was from 1949 to 1955, when he produced a wealth of brooding, emotionally-charged paintings for Signet Books.

In 1962 a new world of stylistic possibilities opened up for Avati when he again did a cover for Bantam Books. Leonard Leone was art director at Bantam by that time, and he encouraged Avati to stop doing fully-detailed paintings and to concentrate only on essentials. A man and a Woman, a chair, the corner of a bed: those were the important elements, and the rest of the cover could remain white or could be used for lettering.

Starting at Bantam Books and Signet he later worked also for Avon, Pocket Books, Cardinal, Popular Library, Berkley, Fawcett, Dell and Ballantine.

[source: The Book of Paperbacks by Piet Schreuders with editional information from The Paperback Art of James Avati by Piet Schreuders and Kenneth Fulton]

Purpose of this group is to show Avati’s art to the world, and this includes: paperback covers, original paintings and maybe photos he used for making the paintings. I don’t mind doubles as long as the quality of the image is good.

My name is Uilke Komrij and I am a paperback collector.

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