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Artwork by Lealand Gustavson

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About the Artist

(1894-1966) "Lealand Gustavson, born in 1894, was a practitioner of fine and commercial art and being prolific and contributing to leading publications of his day, he was a member of the Society of Illustrators. He studied in New York at The Grand Central School of Art where his primary teacher was Harvey Dunn, painter and illustrator. Gustavson settled in Westport, Connecticut. He worked in New York City where he received commissions to produce art for McCall’s and The Saturday Evening Post. He had a reputation for being a flexible artist, able to adapt to most any situation. He rendered a series of six pictures, later made into popular prints, for a book titled Important Moments in the History of Golf.” He was later asked to produce appropriate illustrations for an instruction book titled: How to play your Best Golf All The Time. Later he wrote and illustrated his own special interest book titled Enjoy Your Golf. The artist was also well noted for black and white Western illustrations that were lightly penciled and then inked with feathery strokes. The drawings were used to illustrate romantic adventure magazines. When the demand for illustrations fell off, he produced panel drawings for comic’s titles such as Range Romances and Love Letters, circa 1949. These compositions often included action figures, pretty women and animals. Throughout his career, Gustavson preferred to specialize in adventure stories. Between the years of August 1934 and January 1938, he illustrated inside pages of the following feature books: The Forest of Lost Men, Once A Pilot, The Tribe of the Tiger, Musketeers Weekend, and Warriors in Exile. Although his basic style remained unchanged, he remained open to new ideas. He worked in an endless variety of mediums such as pen and ink, watercolor, charcoal, gouache and oils. Some of his commissions were executed in black and white sometime in tones of grey. Many of his works were painted in full color. His figural images often took on a highbrow look, as a result of his tendency to elongate his figure drawings. Work by Gustavson is included in the collection of the National Cowboy Museum Oklahoma." The above was written and submitted to www.AskArt.com on October 2005 by James Kieley, Researcher from Woodbury, Connecticut.