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Wonderful 1960s Original Painting by LLOYD ROGNAN Sci-Fi
* Wonderful 1960s Original Painting by LLOYD ROGNAN
Sci-Fi Artist *
ORIGINAL PAINTING !
(NOT a reprint !!)
ORIGINAL Lloyd Rognan GREETING CARD
for bid is a Wonderful, one-of-a-kind Original painting in, I
believe Acrylic or Gouche. Also included is the original
preliminary drawing executed in colored pen on vellum art paper.
The preliminary drawing is titled: "GREAT THINGS ARE EXPECTED OF
YOU GRADUATE...YOU'VE GOT A GOOD HEAD ON YOUR SHOULDERS...JUST BE
is the Original painting on art board (7 3/8" x 15") the
artist(Llyod Rognan) painted for use as a greeting card. The prelim
size is approx. 4 5/8" x 11 7/8". The greeting card line was
entitled: "Smile Contemporaries" and had its height of popularity
during the late 1960s and early 1970s. These cards were published
by the United Card Company of Rolling Meadows, Illinois. This
painting was completed sometime between 1966 to 1968. Mr. Rognan
apparently oversaw the complete production process from concept to
production. I found out from the family that Mr. Rognan was
actually the Art Editor of this company during this time
Rognan was most noted for his Sci-Fi 'pulp' and 'Men's' magazine
covers during the 1950s & 1960s. When available, these cover
painting have commanded prices exceeding
particular greeting card painting is a fine example of the type of
painting which made Lloyd a much sought after artist. The painting
is not signed but was purchased directly from the estate auction of
Mr. Rognan. This auction was held at the Dirk Soulis' Great Plains
Gallery in Missouri(just outside of Kansas City, where Mr. Rognan
has never been framed or displayed and only shows light wear at the
edges. It is mounted on rag mat with acid free materials and is
ready to be framed.
Matted in acid free, archival materials, ready to
Additional Information *
on Lloyd Rognan, courtesy of Dirk Soulis:
Norman Rognan was born of Norwegian parents in Chicago on June 14,
1923, eighteen years before Americas entry into World War II.
According to his biography, Lloyd did all of the classic things
that boys would do growing up in the 1930s: movies, Tom Mix and
other personalities on the radio, baseball, fights and later,
girls. And all the while he sketched and drew and dreamed of being
early inclinations were toward illustration. In high school, Lloyd
illustrated the covers for the school plays printed program, and
was in charge of the artistic design for his schools yearbook. Even
then he was a perfectionist in his work.
his last two years of high school, he transferred to Lane Tech, a
college preparatory high school known for its emphasis on arts
study. As Lloyds drive to create intensified, he wanted to drop out
of school and pursue his career as an artist. Instead, by
graduation time, he had also completed two years of study with the
WPA art student project.
was around this time that he received one of his first requests to
produce a portrait. Lloyds father, an opera singer, had a friend
named Knute Hansen who was a concert conductor. Knute asked Lloyd
to create a likeness that could be used in printed publications and
programs. At eighteen years old, Lloyd was flattered by this
request and the piece was finished within half an hour. Forty-two
years later the portrait re-surfaced when Mr. Hansen donated it to
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Unbeknownst
to Lloyd, his work had been accepted to a museum
that portrait was created in 1941, Lloyd attended the American
Academy of Art for two years. From 1943 to 1946 he served with the
armed forces in Europe and, true to his calling, worked as an
illustrator for the Army newspaper Stars & Stripes. He also
earned extra money sketching portraits for fellow GIs to send to
their girl back home. But being an artist didnt spare him from
seeing action and he was sent into battle where he lost many of his
best friends in a very short time. After three years, three months
and three days, his service was over and Lloyd Rognan was himself
the recipient of a Purple Heart. With his honorable discharge in
1946 Lloyd was now an aspiring young artist in Paris,
immediately found work with Elle magazine and took up studies at
The Acadamie De La Grande Chamiere, finishing in 1949. Lloyd
embraced French life to the fullest. He spoke the language (one of
four he could speak fluently). Hed had no problem landing
illustration work, although in true artist fashion he earned just
enough to keep hope alive. According to an April 1946 LIFE magazine
article about Lloyd and other ex-GIs in France, he earned around
9,000 francs per month or approximately $3.00 a day. That wasnt
much, but he was in France and doing what he loved.
good news was that as a result of the article in LIFE, a Paris
publisher contacted Lloyd and hired him for his best gig yet,
creating cover illustrations for a French version of Ellery Queens
Mystery Magazine. That assignment lasted for three years and set
the tone for his future career. Other Paris projects that we know
of included the illustration of a French paperback titled Black
Arrow. The original illustration painting for this piece survives
as the earliest known example of his original
1950, Lloyd returned to the States to polish his skills a bit more
at the Chicago Art Institute, which he did from 1951 to 1953. From
53 to early 55 he worked for the advertising agency of Jahn Ollier.
By late 1955 he was married, living in Glenview Illinois, and a
free lance full time artist on his own. Glenview was the home of
Bill Hamlings Greenleaf Publishing Company. Time and again Lloyds
work appears on the covers of Greenleaf titles such as Rogue for
Men magazine (an early contemporary to Playboy), Imaginative Tales,
Imagination, Fate and others. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s he
stayed busy creating artwork for magazine covers, magazine ads,
magazine stories, jigsaw puzzles, calendars, encyclopedias, film
strips, pin ball games and more. His subjects included Science
Fiction, Pin-up Girls, Cowboys, Santas, Children, Americana,
History, Biology and Nature. Golden Book encyclopedias illustrated
with his artwork could be found in virtually every American
household. Bruce, Lloyds son, liked to ask new friends and girl
friends if they had an encyclopedia set. Almost every time he could
proudly show them his fathers work.
the 60s and 70s, the Rognan creative output continued. He
introduced a line of hip, fun greeting card illustrations that
survive as great period pieces. He also launched a Hillbilly humor
calendar concept for Brown & Bigelow called Corn Squeezins that
ran for nearly two decades.
Throughout the 1990s, in his retirement Lloyd created
large, sunlit, complex compositions filled with characters and
activities on and around the American Farm and he created strong
images of the American West, a long held dream. In this period, he
was also commissioned by Pickard to execute a series of paintings
on the history of transportation. These works are perhaps some of
his very best. Then, suddenly, after sixty years of creative
output, Lloyd stopped painting. His health failed and Lloyd passed
away on February 6, 2005.
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