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Artist Prints - Jay Hyde Crawford

Jeremiah Goodman

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Jay Hyde Crawford

Jay Hyde Crawford was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He started getting freelance illustration assignments while he was still in high school. Following his love of fashion illustration, Crawford came to New York City and attended the Parson’s School of design. Crawford was highly influenced by the work of Eric and Bouche. His distinctive style combines charcoal with a watercolor wash.

Crawford is a master of design apparent in the way he designs the space around the fashion figure. The premier fashion illustrator of the Bonwit Teller department store for thirty years, Crawford created the famous Bonwit’s shopping bag with violets that has become a hallmark of the store. He later opened his own fabric and wallpaper design company.

Anyone with enough schooling can draw or paint an interior and give us a sense of what it looks like - where things are, furniture and fabric choices, colour, lighting, and so on. And that is enough for many. It takes a really fine artist, however, to go beyond that and give us the sense of being in the room, of being able to move about in the space, touch, react, get beyond the facts to the reasoning behind them.

A drawing or painting of an environment must do more for us than a colour photograph would-if the result is to transcend journalism. It must give us the experience of the thing. For us to penetrate into the picture a certain interesting and inventive distortion must take place.

A wall, for example, must not be literal: the artist must give us a sense of the wall, how it functions in and relates to its environment, not simply how it is, or looks.

Edward Albee

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Jay Hyde Crawford
Jay Hyde Crawford
Jay Hyde Crawford
Jay Hyde Crawford
Jay Hyde Crawford
Jay Hyde Crawford
Jay Hyde Crawford