R.I.P. Alan Aldridge

Now that I’ve gone through this very classy artist retrospective. (Though it’s certainly better with images than words.) I understand more about the zoomonie of ’60s graphics and, what happened to the guy who oversaw the Beatles Illustrated Lyrics books. That, yeah, were kinda a graphic guide to how to think hippie for hicks out where.

Grab some volume by Aldridge, I say. But there is an unfortunate turn that explains why he dropped out of sight-line like a lot of other LSD lights. He was enormously influenced by Alice-in-Wonderland illustrator John Tenniel. At his best in the Brit-Invasion and after years, Aldridge was a blown-wild eruption from Tenniel. And then the second act didn’t show up. He settled into childrens’ books illustration that were plenty charming but that also seemed like mere updated versions of Tenniel. Oh, well.

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