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 George Stavrinos  (1948 - 1990)

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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: fashion illustration for retailers, drawing

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George  Stavrinos
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Biography from Society of Illustrators Museum:
George Stavrinos was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, in 1948. Despite a strict upbringing, his parents approved of his career choice, and he studied graphics at the Rhode Island School of Design. Moving to New York City in 1973, George eventually presented his portfolio to prestigious Push Pin Studios where co-founders Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser recognized his talent and offered him a staff position.

Though Stavrinos chose only to be represented by Push Pin, it expanded his client list to include New York Magazine, Bonwit Teller, Psychology Today, Pan Am, Columbia Records, CIBA-Geigy, Capezio, Viva, Oui, and Gentlemen’s Quarterly.

In 1977, George began producing fashion illustrations for Barney’s. In conjunction with an outside ad agency, George’s work quickly became the face of Barney’s new, chic, upscale look. It was also the time when George contributed work to the Gay Source: A Catalog for Men. And in 1979, Stavrinos began an association with retailer Bergdorf Goodman that would launch him into the fashion world’s stratosphere. His six-figure contract required a weekly full-page illustration with additional art “as needed” for catalogs and brochures, but George was given complete artistic control over the creation of the new ads.

Stavrinos also taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and was invited to lecture at Tokyo’s Designers Gakium College and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

He died in 1990 at the age of 42 from pneumonia related causes. His life was cut short by the AIDS epidemic that swept through an entire generation. The New York Times described his major accomplishments as having helped revive an interest in finely drawn representational art.

Submitted by Richard J. Berenson, Past President and Co-Chair, Permanent Collection, Library and Archives Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators and Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art at the Society of Illustrators. 128 East 63rd Street New York, NY 10065-7303

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