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Fred Otnes

Published: August 13, 2015

Fred Otnes, who passed away Tuesday, July 28, at age 89, brought abstract art to The Saturday Evening Post cover in 1966. As popular taste began to shift slowly away from illustration toward photography and television in the 1960s, Otnes abandoned the narrative style he employed to illustrate Post fiction such as “Kiowa Moon” by Alan LeMay. The move set him apart from other commercial artists of his time, and his willingness to embrace the abstract and chaotic nature of collage put him in high demand during one of the most turbulent decades of American history, an era of Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, and the Kennedys’ assassinations. As an illustrator and fine artist, Otnes won more than 200 awards in his lifetime.

March 12, 1966

March 12, 1966

January 14, 1967

January 14, 1967

May 6, 1967

May 6, 1967

Illustration from "Kiowa Moon" March 23, 1957

Illustration from “Kiowa Moon” by Alan LeMay
March 23, 1957