Artist and illustrator A.S. Packer was born September 27,
1901, in Chicago
and died on October 14, 1999 in Larchmont,
He received training from the Art Institute of
Chicago and the Academie Julian, Paris,
In 1935 he married Katherine Mode and started
Packer’s professional career consisted of working for the
Chicago Tribune (1920’s), the Daily News in New York City (1930’s), various ad
agencies in Ohio and California (early 1940’s) and the Hearst Organization from
1943 until he retired in 1985. He also
taught drawing at Wainwright House and the Pelham Art Association
Packer spent time at the Air Force Academy commissioned to
do paintings on site as part of a public relations campaign. He painted commissioned portraits for private
and corporate clients along with numerous caricature portraits of famous
people. These caricatures were published
in various newspapers. His line
illustrations appeared in the American Weekly and on covers for Parade
Packer worked with a group of New York Illustrators who
visited war veterans in hospitals to draw and paint their pictures. These paintings were then sent home to their
families. He also did numerous drawings
of his children, grandchildren and of his travels to Mexico,
Portugal and Cape Cod.
Most of the illustrations from the late 1920’s though the
early 1940’s were done as paintings in oil or gouache.
Packer was a Life Member of the Society of Illustrators, New York City. In 1933 his oil painting, Girl with Bowl of
Fruit was accepted into exhibition at the Lyman
Old Lyme, Connecticut. Packer was President of the New Rochelle Art
Association, 1966 – 1968, and exhibited in The Great Illustrators of New
Rochelle, 1988. Circa 1995, an art gallery on Lexington Avenue in
New York City
held an exhibition of illustrators and artist from the Academie Julian which
listed Packer in the catalogue.
His oil portrait paintings, gouache illustrations and
drawings were in exhibition at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts
with his daughter’s paintings.
exhibition was titled “Spanning the Years, A. S. Packer & Suzanne M.
Packer” and ran from September 1 through November 18, 2007.
Submitted by artist's daughter, Suzanne M. Packer on