The past few years I've tried reaching out to a number of people whom Richard Amsel had created portraits of. One such person was Valerie Harper, who sadly passed away Friday after a long struggle with cancer. My sincere condolences go out to her family and friends. How I wish I could have met her.
Below is Amsel's lively portrait of Harper for the cover of TV GUIDE.
“There’s not a word yet for old friends who’ve just met.”
Such was a lyric by the great Paul Williams, and it dances inside my head whenever I think of my friend David Edward Byrd.
David’s work in illustration is far too extensive to properly summarize here. He is legendary for his rock posters (Jimmi Hendrix, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Prince, and an initial design for a seemingly modest 1969 Wallkill, NY rock concert, before it was relocated to a farm in Woodstock), Broadway musical posters (Follies, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar), and movie posters (The Day of the Locust).
Before I go on, poster art and rock fans should know that David will be among the featured artists at the THE ROCK POSTER SOCIETY’S ANNUAL ROCK POSTER SHOW & SALE in San Francisco on Saturday, October 22nd. This spec...
I first heard from David Layton back in 2012, when he reached out to me through my Amsel Appreciation site. Layton is a successful illustrator, graphic designer, and avid fan of all things movies and Amsel...so when we finally met in person last March to discuss the film, it wasn't exactly difficult for us to hold a colorful conversation.
Yet there's also a personal connection behind Layton's interest in Richard Amsel. Layton was involved in a two year relationship with one of Amsel's close friends, the late entertainer John C. Attle -- whom Amsel created two posters for, including 1973's "Downstairs at the Upstairs".
Layton recalled that, back in 1985, Attle had arranged to introduce him to Richard Amsel -- a prospect that he was greatly looking forward to. Amsel's work for TV GU...