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The Art of Coles Phillips

Published: April 19, 2013

Artist Coles Phillips (1880-1927) painted 10 covers for The Saturday Evening Post from 1920–1923. Besides a brief time spent in art school and weekly art classes at the grade school level, Phillips was a self-taught artist who put his devotion, time, and passion into each painting. After perfecting flawless elegance in his art, he took a chance with his ingenious fade-away technique. By excluding shadows and outlines, Phillips encouraged the viewer to use his or her imagination. His figures blend into the background, leaving focus on the heads, hands, and feet of the women. This novel technique and striking design quality allowed for single color or two color covers in a time when that was not the norm. The perfect confluence of precise design, vivid colors, sophisticated style, and elegance of Phillips’ illustrations are showcased in the video below, put together by KistoDreams.

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