Sunday, 16 December 2012

LEE CONREY (1883-1976)



 Few people today remember  Lee Conrey, but he drew thousands of lurid illustrations for  The American Weekly in the 1920s and 1930s.


The American Weekly was a cheesy supplement for Sunday newspapers, printed by William Randolph Hearst on pulp paper.




Week after week, Conrey drew ambitious, complex drawings with a lot of heart.
 
 
 




Most copies of The American Weekly have crumbled with age, but it would be a shame if Conrey's illustrations crumbled with them.






 You can tell that after thousands of drawings, Conrey still got the same child like pleasure from creating these overdone, dramatic pictures.  A fortunate artist indeed!