Born in Portland, Oregon, Shannon Stirnweis (1931 – 2019) settled in New York City, where he earned a reputation for his illustration work and fine art painting.
He studied at the University of Oregon, the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and with Pruett Carter, and had a long and varied career as an illustrator and fine artist.
He began producing black and white illustrations for men’s adventure magazines in the 1950s, eventually doing colour covers for many publications. He soon progressed to the slicks, and did work for Argosy, Field and Stream, Outdoor Life, Boy’s Life, Reader’s Digest, Show, Popular Mechanics, Time, American Legion, Guidepost, and many others.
At the same time, he illustrated postage stamps, film posters, paperback covers, as well as over 35 children’s books.
The Illustrated Press published Shannon Stirnweis: 80 Years Behind the Brush, a retrospective of Shannon’s work, and presents pieces from each stage of his extensive career, annotated with revealing commentary from the artist
With thanks to Michael Neno and the WordPictureWord Group