Hall of fame

Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on the field of illustration.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee : C. F. Payne
Ultimately, faces are probably what come to mind when you first think of C.F. Payne’s work. That Famous Person you’ve seen but never met, or the character in a story you are reading—they are alive. They engage your eye, and you never doubt for one second that they are having thoughts, looking at you as much as you are looking at them. His ability to distill the essence of a person into their portrait is possibly his greatest of many gifts. ....Read More
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee : Kay Nielsen
The son of actors Martinius and Oda Nielsen, the artist was deeply immersed in the performing arts from a young age, a formative experience that was to influence the course of his career.   ....Read More
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee : James McMullan
James McMullan has a strikingly original style. Jim has, at times, put aside his familiar watercolor style, to work in an utterly different manner, when he feels that a play calls for a different approach. For the Six Degrees of Separation poster he used pastel, for The Front Page he used his brush as if he were doing a pen and ink drawing. It captured that play’s 1920s period perfectly, and was later included in the book 100 Best Posters of the 20th Century.   ....Read More
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee : Hilary Knight
Poet E.E. Cummings long ago said “once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” This is what Hilary Knight does, and has done, for over seventy-five years.   ....Read More
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee : Heinrich Kley
The strong influence of Kley is apparent in Disney films, such as Fantasia, which featured anthropomorphic animals. His influence is also clear in the work of illustrators that included Frank Frazetta, and cartoonists such as Walt Kelly. ....Read More
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee : Jack Kirby
Much like this Hall of Fame honor, the impact of Jack Kirby's work is still being felt. Kirby’s work in comic books, his chosen field, continues to inspire and is now the basis for dozens of blockbuster movies and TV shows.  ....Read More
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee : René Gruau
No other artist has captured the world of haute couture so succinctly as René Gruau. He captured the essence and spirit of this world, creating elegant and timeless graphic narratives of glamour, style and wit that ushered in a new era of fashion illustration. ....Read More
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee: Kate Greenaway
Kate Greenaway was the most popular children’s book illustrator of her generation. During the last two decades of the 19th century, her idyllic illustrations presented an aspirational view of childhood that charmed readers in her native Britain, Europe, and as far away as America. ....Read More
2018 Hall of Fame Inductee : Robert Crumb
From his latest touchstone, transforming the Book of Genesis into a 200-page graphic work, stretching a half-century back to the dawn of Zap, the pen of Crumb has stirred commotion.   ....Read More

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