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John Rombola: Eclectic Eccentric

John Rombola: Eclectic Eccentric

Artist John Rombola's work has enjoyed a resurgence in the past few years. And rightfully so. In 2010, an exhibit of his work was held at the AIGA National Design Center in NewYork. And to celebrate publication of the book John Rombola: Eclectic Eccentic that same year, Berdorf Goodman featured his work in their Fifth Avenue windows (seen below). In addition to his original illustrations, the BG visual team "created sculptural interpretations inspired by Rombola's line drawings and mixed them with a selection of richly colored and patterned looks from our Fall 2010 Collections", according to David Hoey, Senior Director of Visual Presentation.

Last summer I stumbled upon his work one day while out thrifting. A July 1960 Horizon magazine (and when I say "magazine" it's more like a book, as it's hardcover) featured seven of Rombola's illustrations, including the one you see on the cover of his book, in an article on bullfighting titled "The Moment of Truth".

Then I did Googled him. I learned about the Bergdorf Windows and the AIGA exhibition. Finally, I tracked down a copy of Rombola's book at a local book store. And it is everything you think it will be: a visual treat. Actually, a visual explosion is more like it. Finally, this amazing artist is getting the accolades he deserves.

Below are the spreads from the 1960 Horizon magazine.

Sweaters from McCall's Needlework and Crafts

Sweaters from McCall's Needlework and Crafts

Games People Play

Games People Play