Mozelle Thompson (1926-1969)
1945 (Date created)
31 in W
24 in H
Exhibition LabelMozelle Thompson (1926-1969) was born in Pittsburgh and, like Bearden, was a graduate of Peabody High School. Thompson found success in producing illustrations for magazines such as Mademoiselle, Vogue, and Glamor. He received a scholarship to attend Parsons School of Design in New York and spent time abroad, studying in Paris and Rome.
Thompson worked at Gimbel’s Department store creating window displays and advertisements during summer breaks. He began producing artwork for album covers in the 1950s, illustrating over 100 album covers between 1953 and 1969 and his graphic work received a Grammy Award nomination in 1967. Thompson also did illustrations for book covers and children’s books, working prolifically until his death in 1969. Thompson’s legacy has gone largely unrecorded, but the exhibition The Album Art of Mozelle Thompson: LP Illustrations 1953-1969 held at Most Wanted Fine Arts last November has helped bring his career to light.
- From "Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts" (Fall 2015)
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hewitt
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