Saturday Evening Post

Illustrated by Frank Reilly

September 1954

  • r8r 7y

    it's bit like Russian official art, or the idealized family sculpture you see in downtown Salt Lake City.
  • Leif Peng 7y

    The artist was a student of George Bridgman's and an assistant to Dean Cornwell on several mural projects. I suspect those two masters powerfully influenced his approach to illustration.
  • Mustafa Sabree 7y

    We need to see more images like this on billboards today. But then again we don't have illustrators as brilliant as Mr. Reilly, Mr. Bridgman or Mr. Cornwell anymore; or at least we haven't seen them.
  • Leif Peng 7y

    Its a bit of a chicken and egg scenario... we need more instructors at art colleges who could teach like Reilly taught, that would result in more illustrators who could create artwork like this... but would the art directors and clients buy their work? We need more demand from the market for work like this - and back in the 60's they had the same problem: no demand. That's really how all this fell away.

    Btw, James Gurney comes to mind as a modern day example of someone who follows in these footsteps. Greg Manchess is another.
  • dmgrafix 6y

    I attended Frank Reilly's evening classes at the Art Students League and also at Steinway Hall from 1959 till 1962. I wonder how many
    former students are reading this bolg. Some of my classmates were
    Roger Kastel, Ralph Garafola, Sal Stramaglia, Nick Dorian, Mark Covington and Sol Korby among many others. I also remember Dick Botto and Lou Didonato. Among the guys I still keep in touch with,Mr. Reilly is still remembered as the best thing that ever happened to all of us.
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