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 David E. Byrd  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Tennessee      Known for: commercial art, graphics, design, illustration

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Paperback book cover: Hangman's Holiday by Dorothy L. Sayers
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Born: 1941, Tennessee; raised: Miami Beach, Florida; Miami Beach High School, Class of 1959

Boston Museum School, Boston, Mass. 1962
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh BFA:1964 / MFA:1966.

Byrd-Beserra Studios: 1985-Present Owner/Partner with Joe Beserra Toy Painting, Model Making, Labels & Patterns, Concepts & Graphics for the toy business. Clients include Mattel, Jaks Pacific, the Bradford Exchange, Franklin Mint. Projects include Max Steel, Polly Pocket, Winx, Fairytopia, Barbie, Munster Collectibles, Disney Collectibles, Harry Potter, Looney Tunes, WWF Wrestling.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products 1991-2002: Sr. Designer/Illustrator I was the third artist hired in the newly created Consumer Products Department and was its only Illustrator for the 11 years I was there. I was promoted to Illustrator/Designer in 1997. Over time I created or helped create styleguides, art and illustrations for all WB properties, including Looney Tunes, Anamaniacs, Pinky & the Brain, Tiny Tunes, Scooby Doo, Superman, Batgirl, Batman, the U.S. Stamp program as well as Styleguides for many WB Films, including Harry Potter, Wild Wild West, Space Jam, The Wizard of Oz, the Batman Films and The Quest for Camelot. I work with computer design prgrams, as well as in all traditional media: Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel, Brush Inking, Pencil, Pen & Ink, Oil Color.

Theater and Film Posters: Created many posters for Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theater and Film, including: Follies; Godspell; Jesus Christ Superstar; The Magic Show; Sister Mary Ignatius; Little Shop of Horrors; Steel Magnolias; The Cocktail Hour; Day of the Locust; The Chicago Film Festival; The Metropolitan Opera; The Lincoln Center Repertory, and others.

Founded The Yellow Studio, NYC., 1970-80, a boutique design studio. Agencies/Companies: J.Walter Thompson; BBD&O; Della Femina Assocs.; Blaine-Thompson; Serino, Coyne NYC; The Stigwood Organization; Phillip Morris; Nederlander Assocs.; Bloomingdales; Dayton’s of Minneapolis; Clairol; Yardley Cosmetics; Mattel Toys; Franklin Mint; Teleflora; Clear Channel Entertainment.

Book Covers: Created over 50 for Warner Books; Avon Books; Harcourt-Brace; Dial-Delacorte; Signet; Berkley Books; EP Dutton; Boulder Books; Straight Arrow Books; Pocket Books, and others.

Album Covers for: Columbia; Warner Records; London; Decca; ABC-Paramount; Vanguard; Polygram; Arista, etc.

Editorial Illustrations for: Playboy; Esquire; Gentleman's Quarterly; Oui; Penthouse; Stereo Review; Phillip Morris; 6 Cover Designs for TV Guide Magazine.

The Rock Era: Exclusive poster artist for Bill Graham’s Fillmore East in NYC 1967-1971. Posters include: The Jimi Hendrix Experience; The Grateful Dead; The Jefferson Airplane; The Who & their rock opera, Tommy; Iron Butterfly; Ravi Shankar; Tommy at the Metropolitan Opera; the commemorative poster for the Woodstock Festival; the 1969 Rollinf Stones Tour; the Final Fillmore Poster; Fillmore, The Movie.

Awards/Publications: Grammy Award for Album Design; Hollywood Reporter KEY Art Award; AIGA; Society of Illustrators NYC/LA; Art Directors Club NYC

Communication Arts; Print Magazine; GRAPHIS; Warsaw Poster Bienalle; “The Broadway Poster”; “100 Years of Magic Posters”; “History of the Dance Poster”; “The Rock Poster”; “Stephen Sondheim”; “NY Times 30 Landmark Buildings & Bridges” (Illustrator); “The Art of the Fillmore”; “100 Years of Broadway Posters”; “The American Poster Rennaisance”

Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Victoria & Albert, London; The Louvre, Paris; Walker Institute, Minneapolis; The Smithsonian Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Bicentennial Poster Show, The Corcoran Gallery/Smithsonian 1976; The Art Institute of Chicago

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