De este ilustrador me interesa, sobre todo, su registro más grotesco, satírico-expresionista y, digamos, europeo. Me atraen menos sus detalladísimos dibujos de pescados y animales diversos, aunque no dejo de reconocer que son fabulosos. Más información sobre él en su página web: www.jackunruh.com
A native of Pretty Prairie, Kansas and the son of an Air Force pilot, Jack lived in a variety of places while growing up. After graduating from Washington University in St Louis he settled and stayed put in Dallas, Texas.
He has been recognized with gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators and has appeared in every Communication Arts illustration annual, American Illustration, Graphis, AIGA, Print and the New York Art Directors Club have also exhibited his illustrations. In 1998 the New York Society of Illustrators awarded Unruh the Hamilton King Award. Jack was featured in the 2002 Sept/Oct issue of Graphis 341, "Jack Unruh, Quick on the Draw."
Much of his work parallels an interest in the outdoors, while some of the more conceptual illustrations are a result of waiting for the hatch or watching the sun set over West Texas quail country.
The results have been published in Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Sports Afield, Field and Stream, GQ, Road and Track Men's Journal, and Texas Monthly to name a few.
I draw fairly well and I design fairly well," said Mr. Jack Unruh as he modestly described his artistic talent in a nutshell. Unruh is an Illustrator whose work has been sought after by companies such as Citigroup, Exxon, Neiman Marcus, and most recently, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Unruh was hired by WCS to design graphic illustrations for the Bronx Zoo's newest exhibit, Congo Gorilla Forest.
Unruh designs "value forms in black and white, and adds color [sparingly] to enhance" his art. The graphic illustrations featured on the panels one sees throughout the 6.5 acre exhibit were done by Unruh. Pen, ink and brush were the materials he used to create the serene wildlife image shown below.
"Positive and negative shapes," says Unruh, are visible throughout his artwork. By finding a balance between the two forces, his work evokes harmony. According to Unruh, obtaining that balance is a "fairly intuitive type of thing." Oriental and far eastern art has greatly influenced Unruh, because of the strong design sense and motion featured in their drawings. Legendary artists who have inspired him are Audrey Beardsley, Peter Breughel, Henry Clay, Albert Durr, and Hans Holbein.
In 1958, Unruh earned a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Unruh's work has been featured in The New York Society of Illustrators since 1967. The NY Society of Illustrators and the Dallas Society of Visual Communications have presented him with numerous medals, and awards in recognition of his work. In addition, in 1998 he was the recipient of the Hamilton King Award from the NY Society of Illustrators for lifetime achievement.
posted by ANTONIO TRASHORRAS.