lead Norman Adams to New York
to join a phenomenally creative and
skilled group of artists
the likes of which the world will again
In the mid
1950’s Norman Adams was studying art at more or less the only
Art School in the US that was still teaching their students how to
paint realistically. For this reason it was the only place in the
country that agents of commercial art could go to to recruit artists
for their commercial art agencies, Illustration Agencies.
Norman Adams knew
this so while studying Art in LA he spent his years there creating
the best portfolio he could so it would impress the recruiting
agents. His portfolio was so impressive that it convinced all three
of the top Illustration Agencies in NY to hire him. So when he left
LA in 1957 for NY he walked into the Charles E Cooper Studio and
started to work and work. Indeed he was so busy working of Cooper
that he had no spare time to make paintings for the NY gallery
owners who were begging him to give them his originals paintings to
In the mid-1950's
Charles E Cooper was the most renowned and successful Illustration
Agency in NY which after WWII meant “world.” Cooper had
over 60 of the best Illustrators in the country working for him. But
when Norman Adams arrived he had no illustrator who could do the
work on a large new contract he just got from “Ester Williams
Swimming Pools.” So Adams got the job and then like a
chain-reaction more and more jobs followed.
Society Hall of Fame, Murray
Tinkelman, gives us his
story that reveals just how competitive commercial art had
become when Norman Adams started his professional career in NY.
The best most
artists could hope to get from Charles E Cooper was an interview.
And yet the youngster Norman Adams was so good at what he did that
without even an interview he walks into the Cooper Studios and
works... and works
And this was
happening when the publishing industry was changing radically so
there was less and less work for illustrators to do.
At a time
when even the best Illustrators were leaving commercial art by the
Charles E Cooper's “Babe Ruth,” Norman
Adams, would not only survive
but thrive for another three
long after all the big Illustration Agencies were gone.
from Norman Adams
that his “Babe Ruth” meeting with
Robert Fawcett happened
the way it has been documented.
Adams Biography; and on...
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