After the last Baltimore-based Fri-llustrator-day, we stay in America for this week’s Fri-llustrator, Mr Brian Cronin. Advised by Milton Glaser in the eighties to leave Ireland and to seek his fortune elsewhere, Mr. C went to New York to try his luck. He picked up work almost immediately and has has never looked back.
I adore his work – looking at it I get the same feeling of emptiness and melancoly as I do when I look at a de Chirico (but that’s a good thing in my case) – there’s something other wordly about it somehow. When researching his background for this piece, I was surprised to discover that Ian Pollock was an influence. But when Mr. C left college in the eighties, there was a very healthy illustration scene, including the so-called ‘radical illustrators’ of the UK, which had Pollock as one of their number along with people like Robert Mason, Sue Coe, Robin Harris and George Snow.
All images © 2009 Brian Cronin.