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Tom Lovell 1943

An illustration by Thomas Lovell (1909-1997), an American artist and a prolific creator of pulp fiction magazine covers as well as images of the American West. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1974.

“I consider myself a storyteller with a brush. I try to place myself back in imagined situations that would make interesting and appealing pictures. I am intent on producing paintings that relate to the human experience.”

“When you’re painting history, it always comes down to fundamentals. Reading is a help. But writers don’t need the depth of information that a painter does. With a few well chosen words, a writer can set the scene, whereas an artist must know the costumes, the weapons, what the interiors looked like, the horse tack – all the thousand things to make it come alive. I wasn’t there when Alexander marched across India, but I was able to do a painting of what Alexander did by working like hell at it.”

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