(1912 - 2005)
James S. Avati was active/lived in New York, New Jersey. James Avati is known for illustrator-book, genre, figure.
One of the successful illustrators in the mid-to-late-20th century, an
era of declining appreciation for traditional illustration, James Avati
survived professionally by turning from magazine art to covers for
sensational novels. Many of these books, descendants of the
popular pulp magazines during the war, had scenes of hair-raising
violence and sexuality that challenged middle class conservatism.
Of Avati, it was written that his "approach was honest and unblinkingly
realistic, in keeping with the gritty fiction that was becoming popular
in books and movies, but he painted with an artistry that won
readership for the books, and a score of imitators who tried to emulate
the 'Avati' look." (Reed 306)
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