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Paul Davis, the Well-Known Artist and Illustrator, Returns to Tulsa to Speak at the TU School of Art

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Aired on Friday, November 1st.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we welcome Paul Davis, who grew up in Tulsa and then left for NYC (at age 17 or so) to study at the School of Visual Arts, and who, since the early 1960s, has been a highly regarded and quite recognizable illustrator and graphic artist. Just after his time in art school, Davis worked at the commercial art powerhouse known as Push Pin Studios --- and the theatrical posters that he created, mainly in the 1980s and 1990s, for The New York Shakespeare Festival for plays like "Three Penny Opera" and "Hamlet" are today seen as classics. The distinctive "look" that one finds in the illustrations of Davis (and especially in his portraits) has drawn attention to the covers and pages of countless magazines and posters around the world. Davis is delivering a free-to-the-public address at noon today, Friday the 1st, in the Jerry Jones Lecture Hall (on the second floor of Phillips Hall) on the TU campus; you can learn more about this lecture, which has been arranged the TU School of Art, at this link. Also, as he tells on today's ST, Davis has recently created a special poster for Will Rogers High School --- his alma mater --- and he'll be signing prints of this poster tonight at the Brady Arts District's First Friday Art Crawl in downtown Tulsa.

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