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Todd Schorr (1954 - )

Todd Schorr was born in New York City and grew up as a child in Oakland, New Jersey. Showing a compulsion for drawing at an early age, his parents enrolled him in Saturday morning art classes when he was five years old. Deeply affected by fantasy movies such as the 1933 film classic King Kong and the early animated cartoons of Walt Disney and Max Fleischer, their influence along with comic books such as Mad would have a lasting effect on Schorr’s developing visual vocabulary.
While visiting the Uffizi gallery in Italy on a trip to Europe in the summer of 1970, Schorr began to formulate his idea of combining his love of cartoons with the painting techniques of the Old Masters. He entered the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of The Arts) in 1972 wanting to be a painter but was advised by his first year painting instructors that he would be better suited in the illustration department.
Schorr began getting professional illustration work while still in college, and soon after graduating in 1976, he moved to New York City where he provided work for a wide variety of projects including album covers for AC/DC, movie posters and covers for Time magazine. By 1985 Schorr had become increasingly frustrated with the creative restrictions imposed by commercial assignments and began to make a concentrated effort to break away from ad agency halls and move on to art gallery walls. Being invited to participate in the 1986 landmark exhibition American Pop Culture Images Today which took place at the Laforet Museum in Tokyo, proved to be a galvanizing experience. This launched him as a professional artist.

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