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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Illustration Tuesday: Brian Cronin and the Divine Disease of Discontent



















Every Tuesday we're celebrating illustration as art form and the illustrators who make it so. Brian Cronin has been a favorite of mine since his illustrations first graced the pages of Rolling Stone and Time Magazine twenty years ago. His incredible sense of well designed space, sparseness of line/form, beautifully executed, reductive color palette and spot on conceptual skills never disappoints. Brian is from Ireland and graduated from Dublin's National College of Art and Design. He first studied graphic design and typography but felt it too precise and followed his passion for drawing and painting instead. He won a poster contest his senior year — his prize was an internship with Milton Glaser in New York. He eventually moved to NYC after graduating at the advice of Milton Glaser. He says his work has been influenced by Japanese printsEric Fraser, Peter Brookes, Glen Baxter, Seymour Chwast, Brad Holland, and Magritte. He says he likes to make beautiful images and let the idea seep out. Fred Woodward (former art director of Rolling Stone and current art director of GQ magazine) says, "There’s always that wicked combination of intellect and beauty that makes his work so potent. His work is a fusion of aesthetic precision and cerebral consideration." To see more of his work go to his web site or http://www.reneerhyner.com/library/25.html for an extensive library of his images or read an interview with him on Illustrators of Ireland. KD