Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Herman Stoddard Vice (1884-?)

Painter and illustrator Herman Stoddard Vice was born on June 21, 1884, in Jefferson, Indiana, a small town west of Frankfurt. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and was an artist closely associated with Chicago. Vice was a member of the Illinois Academy of Fine Arts, the South Side Art Association, and the Romany Club, as well as the Palette and Chisel Club and the Hoosier Salon. I don't know anything more about him, not even his date of death.

Women by the Sea, a painting by Indiana illustrator Herman Stoddard Vice.
Midwestern Landscape by Vice.

Text copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Frederick William Boulton (1904-1969)

Frederick William Boulton was born on March 18, 1904, in Mishawaka, Indiana, son of a Lutheran minister. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Academy of Art, and the Académie Julian in Paris. His teachers included John Norton, Charles H. Woodbury, and Joseph Allworthy. Boulton also taught at the American Academy and exhibited regularly in the Chicago area, where he lived and worked for most of his life. An illustrator, commercial artist, and fine artist, Frederick Boulton worked in a variety of media and genres. He was also a craftsman, but his self-described main interests were hunting, fishing, and painting. Boulton started with the J. Walter Thompson Company, one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, in 1923. Founder of the Art Directors' Club of Chicago, Boulton was named art director of the year by the National Society of Art Directors in 1955. He retired in 1965 and died four short years later, in 1969.

Waiting for the 8:18 by Frederick William Boulton.
And a watercolor with an unknown title by the same artist.

Text copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thomas R. Funderburk (b. 1928)

Thomas Ray Funderburk was born on November 8, 1928, in Hammond, Indiana. He served in the Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948 and graduated from Indiana University in 1952. Funderburk was assistant art director for Bantam Books from 1961 to 1966, when he went off on his own as a freelance artist, writer, and designer. He wrote two well regarded books on airplanes, The Fighters: The Men and Machines of the First Air War (1965) and The Early Birds of War: The Daring Pilots and Fighter Aeroplanes of World War I (1968). Funderburk also illustrated several books, including Stormy Voyager: The Story of Charles Wilkes by Robert Silverberg (1968), The Nature of Animals by Lorus and Margery Milne (1969), and Whales: A First Book by Helen Hoke and Valerie Pitt (1981).

Thomas Funderburk (left) from his days at Indiana University, from The Arbutus.
The Nature of Animals by Lorus and Margery Milne (1969), illustrated by Thomas R. Funderburk.
Funderburk's own Early Birds of War from 1968.

Text and captions copyright 2011 Terence E. Hanley