The following biographical information submitted by his great-niece Diane Lliteras:
Biographical notes from obituary:
JAMES SAVAGE was born near Silver Creek Nebraska 24 Dec 1885. He was raised and lived near Columbus, Nebraska until the family moved to Chicago Illinois about 1902. He lived again for a few years in Nebraska and then returned to Chicago. He was a commercial illustrator and portrait artist for many years and spent the greater part of his life traveling doing most of his work between Chicago and New York City. He died of peritonitis caused by ulcers on 3 Dec 1931 at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago.
Universal Weekly (February 13, 1926) -- Jack Savage, Universal poster artist, has registered again on Broadway, this time with the ideas and designing many of the most colorful numbers in the new Shubert show, "A Night in Paris" now showing in the Casino de Paris, in the Century Theatre building. Shubert also has other Savage numbers under consideration for the forthcoming Winter Garden show and other attractions.
Savage, who has been on the art staff of the Universal Pictures Corporation for several years made his first excursion into the legitimate field about six months ago, when he had an opening number to Florenz Ziegfeld for the "Follies". This idea and design was used by Ziegfeld for the Tillers girls was highly praised by reviewers. The Savage numbers in "A Night in Paris" also are being praised...
Savage is planning further designs for stage revue use. He is regarded as one of the most promising of the younger impressionistic artists. He hopes to be doing sets for Universal someday.