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b. Ohio 1914 – 1998
Jim Flora was best-known for his wild jazz and classical album covers from the 1940's and 50's. He authored and illustrated 17 children's books and flourished for decades as a magazine illustrator. Few realize, however, that Flora was also a prolific fine artist with a devilish sense of humor and a flair for juxtaposing playfulness, absurdity and violence. Cute & deadly. Flora's album covers pulsed with angular hep-cats bearing funnel-tapered noses and shark-fin chins who fingered cockeyed pianos and honked lollipop-hued horns. Yet this childlike exuberance was subverted by a tinge of the diabolic. Flora wreaked havoc with the laws of physics, conjuring flying musicians, levitating instruments, and wobbly dimensional perspectives.
"All I want to do is create a little piece of excitement." - Jim flora.
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