Jim Floraames (Jim) Flora is best-known for his wild jazz and classical album covers for Columbia Records (late 1940s) and RCA Victor (1950s). He authored and illustrated 17 popular children's books and flourished for decades as a magazine illustrator. Few realize, however, that Flora (1914-1998) was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and violence.

Cute — and deadly.

Flora's album covers pulsed with angular hepcats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns. Yet this childlike exuberance was subverted by a tinge of the diabolic. Flora wreaked havoc with the laws of physics, conjuring flying musicians, levitating instruments, and wobbly dimensional perspectives.

Flora's TriclopsTaking liberties with human anatomy, he drew bonded bodies and misshapen heads, while inking ghoulish skin tints and grafting mutant appendages. He was not averse to pigmenting jazz legends Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa like bedspread patterns. On some Flora figures, three legs and five arms were standard equipment, with spare eyeballs optional. His rarely seen fine artworks reflect the same comic yet disturbing qualities. "He was a monster," said artist and Floraphile JD King. So were many of his creations.

JimFlora.com exhibits samples of Flora's fine art, commercial assignments, sketches, prints, books, and memorabilia. Our goal is to bring Flora's work to renewed prominence. We have published four anthologies of Flora art, and several more are planned. Working with the Flora family we are producing and marketing prints (in several formats) of the artist's idiosyncratic images. Flora spread paint on paper. We're spreading Flora over the planet.

Jim Flora once said that all he wanted to do was "create a little piece of excitement." He overshot his goal with much of his work.


The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora serves two purposes: 1) it replaces our long out-of-print and highly sought book from 2004, The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora, which featured the Flora album covers known to us at the time (along with a bunch of other cool stuff); and 2) it showcases the Flora album covers we knew in 2004 and others we've since discovered, along with a plethora of vintage Flora music-oriented art, most of which has not been previously published in our anthologies. This art rocks, bops, and swings from the chandeliers.



Paintings, drawings, sketches, and commercial illustrations from the 1940s thru the '90s, plus more Columbia Records artifacts. Also rare (and bizarre) early children's book drafts. By Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon. Designed by Laura Lindgren. Published by Fantagraphics, July 2009.


The first publication of dozens of rare fine art works by the artist, along with woodcuts, commercial illos, and early Columbia Records artifacts. By Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon. Designed by Laura Lindgren. Published by Fantagraphics, February 2007.


Record covers, Columbia Coda illos, Little Man Press artifacts, and more. By Irwin Chusid. Image Restorations by Barbara Economon. Designed by Laura Lindgren. Published by Fantagraphics, October 2004; 2nd ed. (rev.) February 2007.

From Our Catalog:

Little Rock Getaway (ca. 1968)
Edition of 25

Big Bank Robbery (ca. 1965)

Edition of 30

Manhattan (1954)

Edition of 25

G3 in Tampico (1970)

Edition of 25

White Block Quads (ca. 1943)

Edition of 25

Big Evening (1960)
Edition of 25


new fine art print issued January 2016

Spectators, a bold, late-1940s montage of creepy scrutinizers. We have several other new Flora prints in development, which we'll announce soon.

Recent fine art print: Portrait in Blue

The latest addition to our fine art print catalog: Portrait in Blue, a discombobulated mid-1940s caricature from the Flora archives.

The Miraculous Mambo Is Back!

A few years ago we sold the last of our 200 oversized Mambo For Cats screen prints. To celebrate the publication of The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora, we launched the iconic 1955 Flora RCA Victor LP cover in a newly formatted limited edition (gicleť, approximately LP size, different paper & inks).

What the hell is going on in Tenement K?!?

Railroad Town


JimFlora.com offers limited edition relief prints struck from an intricate and well-preserved original Flora woodcut depicting a decadent, manic panorama. Railroad Town comprises a catalogue raisonné of Flora fixations: music, dogs, trains, rogues, and toothpick towers. A macabre terpsichore frolics across the stage: junkyard hounds, a half-pint holdup man, modern-art genitalia, a speeding doorless car, quadruped humanoids—everything but empty space. There's even a railroad! The image measures 11" x 22", and the full Railroad Town edition print (with border) measures 18-3/4" x 30".


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