Show + Tell: John Rombola

I was at a new discount book shop the other day and saw the book John Rombola: Eclectic Eccentric propped on a shelf.

I had never heard of this artist, but the cover was intriguing enough for me to flip through the pages. The illustration style reminded me of Picasso’s line drawings. It was then I realized Rombola wasn’t a new artist, but had been around for quite awhile.

Rombola’s work has recently been rediscovered by a new generation of design and illustration lovers. He began his career illustrating for magazines such as LifeHoliday, and Town & Country. Eclectic Eccentric is the first-ever comprehensive monograph of his work, which features lively and often funny illustrations. These drawings reveal the style of an eccentric artist who moves to his own, whimsical rhythm. Rombola works primarily in gouache and ink on paper; his art is in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

In 2010, Rombola’s work was used to create the color and whimsical backdrop for a window display for Bergdorf Goodman.

There isn’t a lot of information online about Rombola, so the best bet for seeing more of his inspiring illustrations would be to pick up his book. Something I’ve been thinking about doing since I saw his book last week.


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