Art Math: Bill Traylor + Yogi Bear

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Illustration from Jemmy Button, Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali
  • Illustration from Jemmy Button, Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali

In this week's art story about Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali's book Jemmy Button, I compared the collaboration between the artists to oil and water, saying that their styles don't mix as much as they intertwine.

Uman's work follows in the tradition of outsider artists like Margaret Kilgallen and Bill Traylor, while Vidali's work leans toward great mid-century illustrators like Charley Harper, or even the expansive backgrounds of early Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Uman is unpolished and detailed, Vidali is lush and graceful.

To give you a visual jumping-off point, I've collected some works of the artists I mentioned in that description. See if my comparisons make sense to you in the mathematic equations of artistic influence I've assembled below.



Charley Harper

Charley Harper, Missing Migrants
  • Charley Harper, "Missing Migrants"

Charley Harper, Animal Kingdom
  • Charley Harper, "Animal Kingdom"



+ backgrounds from cartoons in the 1960s

Art Lozzi, Background painting for The Yogi Bear Show, 1961
  • Art Lozzi, Background painting for The Yogi Bear Show, 1961

Walt Peregoy, Background painting for Paul Bunyan
  • Walt Peregoy, Background painting for "Paul Bunyan"




Valerio Vidali
  • Valerio Vidali



Bill Traylor

Bill-Traylor-4-700x450.jpg

Traylor.jpg



+ Margaret Kilgallen

margaret-kilgallen-art-in-the-streets-3.jpg

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Illustration by Jennifer Uman
  • Illustration by Jennifer Uman

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