He's the best almost-undiscovered designer in LA,

David Weidman

b.  Los Angles, California 1921



David Weidman's name may not be familiar, but his work certainly is. David began his career in the animation studios and was involved in the creation of many animated classics including Mr.Magoo, Gerald McBoing Boing and Fractured Fairytales. Later he opened a gallery on the famed La Cienega Boulevard which showcased his formidable talent in the silkscreen print medium. His unique and whimsical view of the world is captured in these highly collectible vintage serigraphs and posters. Today, at the age of 89, Mr. Weidman's staggering body of work, with it's graphic sensibility and expert use of saturated color is just as modern and relevant as it was forty years ago. Today, David Weidman is experiencing more than a renaissance. It's his heyday, thanks to a devoted following of collectors, admirers and entrepreneurs bringing his work to a wider audience. Youth-oriented retailer Urban Outfitters is introducing the artist to a new generation through Weidman pillows and wall art. Gingko Press is in its third printing of "The Whimsical Works of David Weidman and Also Some Serious Ones," a 2009 career retrospective of a man whose name may have little resonance but whose groovy style is instantly recognizable among many children of the 1960s and '70s. 
"He's the best almost-undiscovered designer in Los Angeles," says Michael Giaimo, 56, a Disney animation art director who reveres Weidman as a master.  




Sonia Delaunay
b. 1885 - 1979  

 for Belinda 

An extraordinarily prolific and innovative artist, Sonia Terk Delaunay produced paintings; public murals; theatrical, graphic, fashion, and interior designs; and designs for playing cards, ceramics, mosaics, and stained glass during her long career. She was born Sarah Stern (nicknamed Sonia) in Ukraine, where her father was a factory worker. At five, Sonia went to live with a wealthy uncle in St. Petersburg and took his surname, Terk. Sonia Terk studied art in Karlsruhe, Germany, and also, beginning in 1905, in Paris, where she spent most of the rest of her life.

A young Sonia 

In 1910 she married the French painter Robert Delaunay,  with whom she had a son Charles . Both Delaunays are associated with orphism (also called simultaneism), an offshoot of cubism that they developed jointly in 1911. Like cubism, the Delaunays' approach to art is abstract, yet based on the real world. Unlike the mainly monochrome cubist works by Picasso and Braque, orphism consists of bright hues and bold, repeating patterns, based in part on the Russian folk art Sonia Delaunay had known as a young girl.

 In 1918 she designed her first set of costumes for Sergei Diaghilev's famous Ballets Russes. Thereafter, while Robert concentrated on painting, Sonia Delaunay created costumes and sets for various theatrical organizations. She also designed "total environments," including, for example, the interior of a Paris clothing boutique, plus the dresses, accessories, and furs sold there. From the 1950s on, Delaunay received numerous awards for her work. In 1964 she became the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre, and in 1975 she was named an officer of the French Legion of Honor. She died at home in Paris on December 5, 1979.