Readers' comments on the beautiful box art on my new T Cabin Cruiser got me thinking. Despite their usual clean illustrative style, is this too good for T in a Circle? Were they established enough at this point to commission a stylish piece like the party scene (below) on the side of the box? Or did they use artwork available at the time?
I'm not familiar enough with 1960's illustrators to recognise many individual styles so I did a bit of digging. Many magazine pages, adverts and book covers were illustrated in the 'lounge' (my term) style of the T party scene. Indeed our very own Swordfather, Ed Valigursky did wonderful magazine ads for cars as seen below.
Another popular artist doing such work in the 50's and 60's was Joe Bowler. He did 'the Beautiful Beatnik' in 1960 (below).
via Beyond, Deux
But probably the artist who has caught my eye the most during my brief peek into the 1960's world of illustration is Angel Badia Camps of Spain. Below is an example of how he had mastered the groovy look of the period as can be seen in the T party scene as well. You can read much more about Angel on the fabulous blog Today's Inspiration, where David Roach discusses the commissioning and recycling of images by Illustration Agencies of the day such as S.I, A.L.I and Bardon. Would they have handled toy boxart as well I wonder?
via Illustration Mundo
So, does anybody recognise the style of the T party scene or indeed the stylish boat on the box cover?
As a postscript to this bloglet, I found this wonderful slideshow by Carleras of Angel Badia Camp's work. Some of the paintings look amazingly similar to WOTAN's 'Tell Me Why' super creeps he posted the other day! Could they be Camps and maybe not Cuneo?