Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Joseph Mugnaini: Ray Bradbury's illustrator, friend
The Halloween Tree is one of my favorite stories and always makes me nostalgic for that time of year. The story is great and gothic but still, very much for kids. Joseph Mugnaini was once again called upon by Bradbury to illustrate the story and he did a fantastic job. His illustrations, besides the original cover, were scattered throughout the book. I believe there were nine or ten of them. Enjoy.
"As an author, illustrator and teacher, he inspired hundreds of Southern California artists. In addition to writing four arts instruction books, he received many awards for paintings, graphics and book illustrations. Best known for his work with science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, he earned an Academy Award nomination and the Golden Eagle Award for his paintings for the film Icarus, a Bradbury collaboration, He was also the primary illustrator for many of Bradbury’s books. His paintings and illustrations are held in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art." -from Otis:College of Art and Design(famous alumni)
Joseph Anthony Mugnaini passed away January 23, 1992.