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 Earl Mayan  (1916 - 2009)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: illustration, domestic genre

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Earl Mayan was an American illustrator whose early career spanned the era of pulp magazines to the post-WW II years alongside Norman Rockwell at The Saturday Evening Post.
Earl Mayan was born in Brooklyn in 1916.  He graduated from Pratt Institute in 1936, his roommate and classmate was another famous illustrator, Edd Cartier.  One of their instructors at Pratt, who was also an editor for the publisher "Street and Smith" encouraged both graduates to enter the field of pulp illustration.  Mayan illustrated The Shadow until he joined the army (1941-1945).  After the war, he worked for Grosset and Dunlop, Bantam Books, Random House and Reader's Digest condensed books, and from 1954-1961 he illustrated 10 Saturday Evening Post covers and many illustrations for stories inside the magazine.

Mr. Mayan also taught drawing and illustration at the Art Student's League of New York from 1962-1995.  His portrait of Cesar Chavez is in the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian Institution, Wash. D.C.

Dr. Chris Mullen, former professor of art at the University of Brighton, England, wrote of Mayan's work  "He managed great visual invention, possessed excellent powers of drawing, and entertained his readers with an inventive set of references within the images."

Earl Mayan spent the last 60 years of his life in Huntington, L.I. New York.  He died on Dec,12, 2009, at age 93.

Information provided by Cathy Mayan Hammerquist.

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