Thursday, September 25, 2008
Boris Artzybasheff was born in the Ukraine in 1899. At 18 his schooling was interrupted by the Russian Revolution & Boris fought with the White Russian army against the Communists. He escaped to the USA unable to speak English & with only 14 cents to his name. After a stint in the military he began working his way up as an illustrator, developing a striking & surreal vision of anthropomorphized figures, like the swastikas pictured above. Check his stuff out. He seems to be a key influence on one of my personal favorites: Basil Wolverton, although their similarity could just be coincidental.
An ASIFA article on Boris Artzybasheff