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The Whimsical Work of David Weidman and Also Some Serious Ones Hardcover – December 5, 2008


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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press; 1st edition (December 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584233095
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584233091
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perusing The Whimsical Work of David Weidman and Also Some Serious Ones (Gingko Press, $34.95), a new book that collects the artist s output, might bring back memories of childhood Saturdays spent in front of the TV with a bowl of cereal. In the 1950s and early 60s, Mr. Weidman worked for animation studios like Hanna-Barbera. Later, he opened a gallery in West Hollywood, Calif., where he sold graphic silk-screen prints in saturated colors that found favor with interior decorators and commercial clients. Some of my prints were instigated by having a feeling about a particular subject, said Mr. Weidman, who often depicted animals or other aspects of the natural world. At other times, I would finish a print, grab a subject matter and go. I had to make a living. The artist, 87 and retired, now sells his vintage serigraphs online, most for $45 to $275 ( Dummy Cat, is $220). --Steven Kurutz, The New York Times

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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I have no idea who's David Weldman but the cover really caught my eye. I love how the colours and how they overlay on one another, and the textural feel of the whole piece.

Mr. Weidman is an artists who used to work in animation studios back in the 1950s, before he turned to serigraphs (stencil) and silkscreen printing.

Collected in this 216-page hardcover is a collection of his wonderful art. The work he did for animation which includes character designs and animation backgrounds. The characters are very cartoon like, looks animated and have a nice style to them.

His silk-screen prints are gorgeous. The subject, the colour schemes and textures all combine to create vibrant pieces of art. They look really great and I imagine they will look terrific as huge paintings on walls. Some of the designs are looks really complicated, especially those with lots of overlays. It's hard to find anyone who makes art like this anymore.

It's a very beautiful book. Definitely a keeper if you love silk-screen art.

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You can check out more work on his website.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just check out my Amazon profile for the link.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JB on October 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Haven't heard of David Weidman? Don't worry, you're not alone. But the reason has nothing to do with talent--think of all the artists whose work now hangs in museums who died both poor and obscure. Weidman was a Hanah-Barbara animator who later went out on his own, opening a framing store on La Cienega in Los Angeles were he also tried to hawk his great silk screen art. Sadly, people wanted his frames, but not his art (which fills the pages of this beautiful book). He stopped making silk screens, put his unsold inventory away, and turned to ceramics, which he still makes today in his home in Highland park. Fortunately for us, he now sells, in limited editions and quantities, much of what you will find replicated in this book. A master of the medium of silk screening, the creation of unique and innovative fonts, and color, Weidman's best is as good as anything you'll find. He's 88 years old and finally enjoying a trickle of long overdue recognition. This book should help make it a flood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler M. Lockett on July 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
this book came out of nowhere..whoa!!

I was not familiar with David WEidman's work, but man am i glad i picked this book up. HIs graphic sensibility and use of color, texture and forms are fantastic. I wish there had been more interviews with him talking about his art and ideas, but there is still some good inciteful stuff in here from him.
if you like the cover than you can expect ALOT more of that type of work inside. love it!

tyler
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malou Swan on August 19, 2013
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Great photography of the art that is good enuf to even frame!!
I love his work. A must buy!!! Louise
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