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How Animation Veteran David Weidman Became Famous

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Eighty-nine years young, David Weidman is the subject of a long profile in today’s LA Times written by David Keeps. Weidman began his career in animation in the 1950s working at John Hubley’s commercial studio Storyboard as well as on UPA’s The Boing Boing Show. An extensive career in TV cartoons followed as he painted backgrounds for the Crusader Rabbit revival, Calvin and the Colonel, and Wacky Races, among others.

In the Sixties, while running a vintage poster and framing shop (and still working in animation), he began to create silk-screened serigraphs in the back of his shop. He produced three hundred designs over twenty years, but few people expressed interest in purchasing them so he wound up with stacks upon stacks of serigraphs. But that’s not how the story ends. In the early-2000s, his work was rediscovered in the LA area, in part due to his nephew who was peddling the serigraphs at local flea markets (which is how I first learned about his work).

Since then, his star has continued to rise: a handsome coffeetable book of his artwork was published recently (it’s now in its third printing), and Urban Outfitters has begun licensing his work for pillows and wall art. It’s a happy story about a one-of-a-kind artist who deserves all the acclaim he’s getting. Weidman clearly loved and believed in the artwork he was creating–producing 300 different serigraphs that nobody wanted to buy is a testament to that–and it’s finally paying off forty years later.

There is a lot more information about him in the LA Times article which I recommend you check out. If you want to own one of his vintage serigraphs, visit WeidmansArt.com.

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  • Pedro Nakama

    Thanks for the links. I really like his artwork. I’ll surely pick up a copy of his book.

  • WOW these are really great! Thanks!

  • Michael Giaimo introduced me to Davids great work.

  • Stumbled upon ‘The Whimsical Work of David Weidman and Also Some Serious Ones’ a couple of months ago in a bookstore and instantly fell in love with the colors and designs in his work.
    Glad to see Weidman is finally getting the recognistion he deserves. What a great story :)

  • I was floored when I saw his book at Green Apple in San Francisco. I picked it up right away. It was like finding a hidden treasure. It’s a BEAUTIFUL book. Weidman’s work is great and very inspiring. It’s great to see he’s still working and enjoying this growing appreciation. Thanks for the post.

  • ncerruti

    I have 2 framed original works. Boy with Pet. Children with Pets. Both are in mint condition, signed, and numbered 332/500. I cherish these, they were my dads.