Friday, August 29, 2008

wide-eyed awake

Illustration detail, "Long Day's Journey Into the Insomniac's Night"
New York Times Magazine, October 1, 1967

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hampton Roads (pt 1)

Undetermined media (framed, under glass): print with touch-up, or black tempera, ca. 1968, detail. Another detail posted on December 2.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Daisy Holiday

Our friend Takashi Okada of Tokyo has become the pre-eminent Floraphile in Japan. Besides being an avid customer of Jim Flora fine art prints, Takashi recently designed the Daisy Holiday CD package, which adapts Flora's 1947 Green Mansions resort brochure illustration (licensed from the Flora estate). Additional Flora elements appear on the jewel case inlay and in the booklet.

Here's a Tokyo record store display flush with Flora. If you don't live in that part of the world, the CD is available from Amazon, cdUniverse, and YesAsia. When this display is taken down, someone is gonna have a rare Flora Daisy Holiday poster.

Takashi is also publishing a compendium of over 150 feline images from record album covers. The book's front will be adorned with Flora's classic 1955 Mambo For Cats RCA Victor LP illustration, and the back will feature a piano-perched kitty from the Shorty Rogers-Andre Previn Collaboration EP. We'll provide more info about the book upon publication.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008



Heck, it's only pretend gunplay. Detail, Primer for Prophets booklet, commissioned by CBS-TV, 1954.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


We've finally collected an online gallery of Flora's 20 children's books (17 of which he authored). They're up for viewing at, the Flora family website.

While you're there, the site has had a makeover and includes three pages of original Flora art from the 1990s that's being offered for sale.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

another anatomical curiosity

Pen drawing on onionskin paper with glue residue, early 1940s, from scrapbook. This freakish apparition has been blessed by the artist with bonus arms that appear to be appendages of his head, which has a stem on which to balance a coat hanger.

Monday, August 4, 2008

canoe critter

detail, untitled tempera on paper found in sketchbook, ca. mid-1960s

Sunday, August 3, 2008

scraps from the archives

Untitled pen drawing on onionskin paper, early 1940s, from scrapbook. Brownish residue caused by glue applied by the artist, who is also responsible for the irregular trim. There are hundreds of such miniatures in the collection.