First printing of this, the first book on the work of American illustrator Mel Odom.
After graduating from his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in Fashion Illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1972, Odom spent time in London before moving to New York City in 1975. His illustration work found an early home in the gay magazine, Blueboy, and shortly thereafter in Playboy. The frank, unfettered sexuality of his art has a powerful appeal, and his work began appearing in a wide variety of magazines, such as Time, Omni, New York Times, CBS Records and Rolling Stone. But Mel’s favourite work was his regular contributions to Playboy. His illustrations earned him multiple awards from The Society of Illustrators and other graphics and illustration organizations.
Mel’s style spread internationally through book covers for major publishers, a line of Paper Moon cards and posters that ultimately triggered the publishing of this, his first book, First Eyes, in Japan in 1982. Two years later, a re-edited book of his work, Dreamer was published by Viking-Penguin, featuring a forward by Edmund White. Mel also worked on art projects, including limited edition lithographs for publisher Eleanor Ettinger and more tellingly, three-dimensional masks. These are featured within the pages of this book, alongside a large number of beautiful reproductions of his fantastic and erotically-charged, highly-stylised illustrated work.
Text in English and Japanese.
- Mel Odom - First Eyes
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