The Society remembers Arpi Ermoyan
The Society of Illustrators mourns the loss of Arpi Ermoyan.
Ermoyan was a past Director of the Society, as well as an accomplished illustrator. After World War II, illustration commissions for advertising and editorial work skyrocketed. Arpi was one of only a few women in a male dominated industry whose work appeared in the pages of Good Housekeeping, Cosmoplitan Magazine, and more. She also worked at the prestigious ad agency, Doyle Dane Bernbach, and curated gallery exhibitions of illustration art. She is the author of one of the premier books on illustration Famous American Illustrators (available in our Museum Shop here).
Arpi was also a member of the Westport illustrators group. During the peek of her illustration career, artists used each other for models all the time, and Arpi was a favorite. As Cosmopolitan Magazine noted, neighboring illustrators would stop by the house on Tanglewood Lane and before you know it, Arpi had to "put aside her drawing board and start modeling." Several great illustrators of the era were inspired by her striking good looks and painted her into their illustrations:
Arpi passed away peacefully at the age of 99 on November 3rd, 2018. She will be greatly missed.
(Above) Illustration by Arpi Ermoyan for Cosmopolitan Magazine.
(Left) Portrait by John LaGatta
(Middle) Portrait by Austin Briggs
(Right) Portrait by Bernie Fuchs