Monday, December 31, 2007

Get toasted for 2008

Detail, untitled holiday painting, ca. 1951.
These stemware sophisticates also appear on a t-shirt

Sketch, ca. 1951, featuring a draft of the celebratory duo

Friday, December 28, 2007

a little something to wake the neighbors

Detail, March 1943 Columbia-Okeh Popular Records
monthly flyer
; panel: Harry James

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Self-Portrait, tempera on paper, ca. mid- to late-1940s.

Update OCT 2008: Now available as a limited edition fine art print.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


untitled modular tempera, ca. 1960s

Sunday, December 16, 2007

macrocephalic bovine

Detail, March 1943 Columbia-Okeh Popular Records monthly flyer
panel: Okeh Country Dance, Folk Songs, and Blues

Friday, December 14, 2007

sketchbook, 1950s

Untitled sketches and figures from sketchbook, ca. early 1950s.

The hungry fellow on the bottom looks familiar:

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

extraterrestrial curiosity

Detail from untitled painting, ca. 1960s
Another detail appears here

Monday, December 10, 2007

science geek 3

Illustration, "The Challenge of Frontier Products Development"
Research and Engineering magazine, cover detail, July 1956

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Bubbly Buddies and Bix & Tram t-shirts

Now on eBay: The "Bubbly Buddies" design (above, adapted from an early 1950s Christmas montage painted by Flora), and "Bix and Tram" (below, featuring caricatures from a 1947 Columbia Records album cover).

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Flora goes Grammy?

Quartet San Francisco's 2007 CD, Whirled Chamber Music, has been nominated for a Grammy in the category Best Classical Crossover Album. This might be the first-ever album with a Flora cover to earn a Grammy nod.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Jim Flora ink

Since early 2006, Jim Flora Art has partnered with a hip Minneapolis screen printing shop called Aesthetic Apparatus. Dan Ibarra and Mike Byzewski of AA first produced a Mambo For Cats edition of 200, then a Pete Jolly Duo edition of 125. Both prints featured classic Flora 1955 RCA Victor LP covers. A month ago we launched the Primer for Prophets series.

JFA didn't just hire these guys off a Google search—besides their meticulousness and penchant for perfection, the AA team are Floraphiles eager to continue producing new Flora screen print projects. They are also NICE. We like NICE, and we prefer working with NICE.

Here's a video clip of Dan and Mike at work (on a non-Flora project). Their job sounds tortuous.

HT: the so-nice Sara Soskolne