"Slugger"   Lot no. 3489

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By Richard Hess (1934–1991)

12.00" x 8.00"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right



Illustration for TV Guide

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Wearing many hats was second nature to Richard Hess. From a real desire to be a full-time painter, he eased into positions of advertising art director, graphic designer, magazine art director and illustrator—in no particular order. An open mind and adaptability allowed him to work in all aspects of visual communication. "Some people have expressed surprise at the broad spectrum of my work," he said, "but I view it differently. I think it's strange for anyone not to work in the complete language of the visual world."

After his early start in advertising with such agencies as J. Walter Thompson; N.W. Ayer; Benton & Bowles; and Fletcher, Richards, Calkins & Holden, Hess opened his New York design office in 1966. After three years of working on his own with editorial, advertising and corporate clients, Hess and Sam Antupit (art director of Esquire) formed “a compatible partnership” with Hess And/Or Antupit. After some time, their partnership dissolved and Hess continued to work on his own.“

Design, typography and communication graphics are a more severe discipline because of the need to cater to legibility and reading habits, and it most often requires a certain anonymity of authorship,” he said. “But the satisfaction derived from working within these limitations can be very great indeed.