The Whimsical Work of David Weidman (and Also Some Serious Ones)
Admirers of classic animation and mid-century-modern aesthetics were saddened by the news that artist David Weidman passed away this summer. Though this curated collection of his staggering body of work in animation, printmaking, silk screening and painting came out in 2008, it’s one of those inspirational titles that deserves a reminder note.
The retrospective spans Weidman’s career, which began in the 1950s as a background painter at Hanna-Barbera, where he established the iconic looks and color palettes for cartoons of the time. He further developed his era-defining style with his work for UPA. In recent years, Weidman had re-emerged in pop-culture when Mad Men set designers selected some of his prints to decorate the drama’s ‘60s offices. Secondhand copies can be found, or order from weidsmanart.com with one of the “package” deals which include a replica Serigraph.