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An original 1959 pin up artwork featuring the well known full figured beauty, "Hilda," created by artist Duane Bryers for Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company . The image features Hilda writing her name in the sand as she holds a basket of shells she has collected. The artwork is accompanied by an original published print of the illustration, which appears (based on the text) to have been used as the cover sheet to a 1959 "Hilda" calendar. Gouache on heavy paper, affixed to cardboard, 1959, signed lower right. 12-1/2" x 18-1/4". The text reads in part: "Hilda's at it again!...This amazon of enchanting pulchritude will warm the cockles of your heart as she spans 1959 as only Hilda can do it...Created by artist Duane Bryers for the purpose of producing smiles, Hilda is sent to you with our very best wishes for a successful and happy nineteen hundred and fifty-nine...Hilda's having both!" Original Brown and Bigelow "Hilda" artwork is quite rare.
Duane Bryers - A traditional painter of the old as well as the contemporary West, this artist was born in Virginia, Minnesota (Upper Minnesota) in 1911 and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona. Originally a champion pole vaulter and an acrobat, he chose art while attending junior college in Minnesota. A 100 foot mural in 1939 paid for his move to New York city where he studied at the Art Students League. While in the Air Force from 1943-1946 he created a nationally syndicated comic strip. Until 1958 he continued in commercial art. Bryers has exhibited at major invitations shows since 1978, including a solo exhibition at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1980. He has been written up in Rocky Mountain Magazine (Dec 1981), Southwest Art magazine (March 1976 and August 1986) and in Art West (January 1982). Duane Bryers, the artist who created Hilda in 1958, continues to give her the humorous appeal that will keep you chuckling throughout 1983