Illustration created in the late 1960s/early 1970s
This watercolour illustration is a rare, one of a kind original piece of television/movie memorabilia. Unknown Artist. Title: TV Week Oscars Poster Art Medium: Watercolour on crescent artboard Year: Unknown (Estimated late 1960s/early 1970s). This illustration depicts celebrities arriving on the red carpet at the Oscar awards.
This illustration is offered for sale, price on application.
This commercial art illustration was created to promote the
TV Week publication Oscars edition in the late 1960s/early 1970s. TV Week was Australia’s leading TV guide and
entertainment gossip publication pre streaming and digital television.
Everything you needed to know about what’s happening in TV and movies was in TV
Week. It was nothing for TV Week to pay an artist big dollars to produce
promotional illustrations in the promotion of its publication.
How I came about to acquire such a rare piece of television memorabilia
is a story in itself.
My first job in the 1970’s was as a cadet artist at
Southdown Press in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the publishers of TV Week at
the time. I was working on a completely unrelated project at the time and an internal work parcel
was delivered to me packed between 2 heavily sticky taped pieces of cardboard, to
my surprise when I opened the parcel one of the pieces of cardboard was this
unsigned watercolour illustration, it had been but into the trash and used as
packaging. I was shocked, but delighted I was the recipient of this ‘junked’ piece of art history and it has been in my care, ownership ever since.