- Arts and Design
Dean Cornwell, American Illustrator
The Dean of Illustrators
A forgotten talent
Dean Cornwell (March 5, 1892 - December 4, 1960) was one of America's most talented illustrators, painters and muralists but, sadly, is largely forgotten today. His talent was so mythic that, unlike most artists, Cornwell never had any difficulty finding work and managed to remain gainfully employed throughout his entire career. Looking at his art it is easy to understand why.
Oh the colors
Dean Cornwell's use of vibrant colors leave the viewer with an almost surreal feeling while the accuracy of the figures drawn and the realism of the shadows and lighting transport you to faraway and exotic places like the Sheik's tent shown above.
You can positively feel the heat in Cornwell's depiction of an accident in a metal smelting factory.
Below, his depiction of the Roman soldiers throwing dice to see who will win Jesus' cloak is an extremely powerful image.
Cornwell gifted us with several images of scenes from Ancient Rome, along with many other lands and eras. His style and subjects are so captivating that it's easy to lose several hours, or more, because you just can't look away.