Reynold Brown: 1917-1991

Don O'Neill
Cutting Out 1972 | oil on linen 20x30 | 404.16.08

William Reynold Brown  was a prolific American artist whose career embraced virtually every facet of the illustration field. During his life he produced work for the newspaper comics (Tailspin Tommy), invented the concept of the cutaway drawing for North American Aviation, painted covers for some of the first paperback books ever published, illustrated scores of magazines and magazine covers, and most notably produced over 300 movie posters for the motion picture industry.

After his retirement from commercial illustration, Reynold found success as a fine artist, producing hundreds of oil paintings and drawings for the Western art market. Many of the most iconic movie posters such as Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Spartacus, I was a Teenage Werewolf, and many more are to his credit.

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