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Today I present these wonderful artworks, by John Alcorn (1935 - 1992), a great American designer and illustrator. 
His style, characterized by many cultural influences and a wonderful use of decorative graphic elements, was for several years a point of reference in editorial image. 

Following, a passage from the essay written by Stephen Alcorn * "THE DESIGN AS PATH EVOLUTION: REFLECTIONS ON ART AND LIFE OF MY FATHER, JOHN ALCORN (1935-1992)" 
«...An essential component of the work of my father is the presence of flowers: the flower as a decorative element, as a symbolic icon and, in essence, as a primary organ of feeling. The flower is into my father as the clouds into Constable and apples into CĂ©zanne. It is therefore natural that the flowering of such an idealistic mental coincides with the flowering of the counterculture predicated on creating a romantic faith in the power of love that redeems the evils of society. As the hippie movement has been exploited by the market, its genesis starts from one of the purest human instincts. It is no coincidence that several of the most influential works of my father - those in which his temperament and his philosophy of life are brought to light with the utmost concision, clarity and imagination - they would have had as a central motif of a flower or group of flowers.»

* Stephen Alcorn, artist and professor at The School of The Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, has a deep knowledge of the creative processes of his father. He is the curator of the archive of his father at the UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Milano (
With his cooperation was made a first illustrated monograph titled "John Alcorn. Evolution By Design" by Stephen Alcorn and Marta Sironi (Moleskine, 2014) 
A panoramic view of his work as an engraver, illustrator, graphic designer, painter and musician is visible at the website

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