Gene Krupa

1947 album cover illustration
2008 ltd. ed. (20) fine art print


Description has released a limited-edition, archival-quality fine art print of a classic Jim Flora album cover illustration. Gene Krupa and His Orchestra was released on Columbia Records in 1947 on a 78 rpm four-disc set. Krupa (1909-1973) was one of the premiere jazz drummers from the 1930s thru the 1950s–a brilliant player and master showman. He starred with the legendary Benny Goodman Orchestra in the late 1930s, and later fronted his own band featuring trumpeter Roy Eldridge and singer Anita O’Day. He was portrayed by Sal Mineo in the 1959 film The Gene Krupa Story, and in 1979 was the first inductee to the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.

Produced in 2008 by Flora archivist Barbara Economon, the print was meticulously crafted from a mint-condition artist’s proof sheet of the Krupa cover in the Flora collection. The image area is roughly 11.5″ square and the trim size of the entire sheet is 13″ x 19″.

Only twenty (20) prints of Gene Krupa and His Orchestra were produced for this edition. Each print is hand-numbered in the lower right corner beneath the image and authenticated on the reverse with the stamped seal of Jim Flora Art LLC (a Flora family enterprise). The edition is sold out and prints are no longer available in wall display-sized format. The work may be offered in reduced form in merchandise items such as cards, calendars or folios, or commissioned as exclusive, premium-priced, custom-formatted single prints produced privately at our discretion.

The sale price of the final print was $300.00. Edition prints in private hands might appear on the secondary market, but we do not arrange such offerings and will not be personally involved in secondary sales.

The unframed prints are on heavyweight (310g) mould-made William Turner stock, a natural white, 100% rag paper with a fine toothy surface manufactured by Hahnemühle, who are renowned for premium-grade archival papers. The edition was produced using Epson UltraChrome K3 Pigment Ink Technology, resulting in brilliant, velvety color and offering excellent longevity and durability.

Due to the fine art print’s higher-resolution process, as well as superior paper, inks, and quality control, the colors in the print appear brighter, crisper, and more vibrant than the online image. Online color appearance may vary slightly depending on your monitor settings.