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Cats (1990s)

December 6, 2017

Flora loved animals, and over the years he created countless images of cats, dogs, birds, horses, fish, and a few alligators. This previously unpublished gaggle of cats, rendered with pen and ink, dates from the 1990s, after Flora had retired from the commercial illustration profession and was spending his retirement creating new works every day. We are considering issuing this as a fine art mini-print.

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anthropomorphic lobsters

October 21, 2014

Untitled pencil drawings for unknown project, discovered in 1960s sketchbook

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In 2012 we sold our 200th and final oversized Mambo For Cats screen print, the last of a limited edition produced by Aesthetic Apparatus of Minneapolis in 2006. Almost immediately, a legion of Floraphiles—especially those fond of felines and Latin terpsichore—began clamoring for this work to be restored to our catalog. The nature of limited editions precludes us from issuing the work in an identical (or even comparable) format. Two hundred hand-numbered, Flora family-authenticated, 20″-square Mambo screen prints…

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slight makeover

July 30, 2013

The homepage, long overdue for an update, finally got one. Besides our forthcoming book, The High Fidelity Art of Jim Flora (due September 7 from Fantagraphics), you’ll find a first announcement about a Flora centennial exhibit at Silvermine Arts Center in September 2014. We’ve also added links for our two Flora children’s books reprinted by Enchanted Lion. In the coming weeks we will post information about several additions to our fine art prints catalog.

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The Fourth of July

July 4, 2012

The work isn’t titled, and there’s no specific reference to Independence Day, but this unpublished 1990s acrylic on canvas suggests celebratory patriotism and civic pride, so we’ll offer it as tribute to our nation’s founding 236 years ago today. P.S. This non sequitur works too. Illustration from The Fabulous Firework Family, Flora’s first (1955) children’s book.

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traffic snarls

March 5, 2012

Miserable pedestrian—what part of “beep” don’t you understand? Untitled, unfinished tempera on board (detail), 1950s. Purpose unknown.

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Pamela Paul in the New York Times reviews Enchanted Lion Books‘ new reprint of Flora’s Kangaroo for Christmas: Kangaroo for Christmas offered joy of an entirely different sort to the Sallys and Bobbys of the Mad Men era. First published in 1962, the story of little Kathryn’s astonishing gift from her Uncle Dingo showcases the marvelous period illustration of James Flora, a giant among midcentury commercial artists. Working in riotous bursts of carnation pink and…

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Well-Fed at Last

October 15, 2011

These two tempera with pencil illustrations, differently titled yet seemingly related, were discovered in a mid-1960s Flora sketchpad pages apart. Both have a completed look, yet no discernible (or documented) purpose. Well-Fed At Last is signed, which indicates the artist considered the work finished and fit to behold. The alligator has a vicious or peeved demeanor. He has no love.   Local Government or the Commuter is unsigned, but has the added element of a…

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puzzle pony

October 12, 2011

Untitled, undated, unsigned woodcut print from Flora’s Little Man Press days (1939-1942). The original block cannot be located, and we have no idea of the image’s original context. It does not appear in any LMP publications.

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Our latest Jim Flora limited edition fine art print launches today. We’ve dubbed the untitled, undated black and white work Rowayton Creature Tableau because of the strange figures populating the streets of this seaside Connecticut village (the artist’s adopted hometown). The previously uncirculated and unpublished pen & ink with watercolor drawing was discovered in the artist’s collection. We’ve analyzed the technique and determined that it reflects the 1970s style of caricature commonly found in Flora’s…

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Hand-drawn two-page spread of figure studies for Flora’s third book for young readers, Charlie Yup and His Snip-Snap Boys (1959). The pages, which do not appear in the published edition, were scanned from the Dr. Irvin C. Kerlan children’s literature collection at the U of Minnesota. On the mock title page at right, the author refers to the book as “An Old Fashioned Scissor and Paper Adventure.” Although the characters above were drawn in pencil…

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artist at rest

January 25, 2011

Today in 1914, James Royer Flora was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Above our guy is pictured relaxing at home in the late 1980s. Interesting juxtaposition of bold patterns, with hunting jacket, slacks and chair vying for focal primacy. Cameo in the upper right by the Fab Four, depicted in 1964, tho it appears to be a hand-rendered (probably not by Flora) replica of a famous photo. Flora’s daughter Julia provides some family context: I love…

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