KUNZ Anita

KUNZ Anita

“I don’t like purely decorative illustration. I like to illuminate what the article is about, not condescend to the reader. In most cases the illustrator looks for the right metaphor.                                                                                                              Anita Kuntz, “The Canny Art of Anita Kuntz.”

“Anita Kunz is one of the most iconic illustrators of our time. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally and she regularly provides cover art for The New Yorker and other influential publications. She has also illustrated more than 50 book covers.                                                                                                        Details. 3, March/April 2018.

Born 1956 in Toronto but raised in Kitchener Ontario. As she grew up in Kitchener she was greatly influenced by her uncle Robert Kunz who was a newspaper and textbook illustrator. It seems that her philosophy of illustration came from him, as she said about her uncle, “His art was not to hang on a wall, but for education’s sake.” About her own work she has stated, “ I prefer to illustrate articles about social and political issues.” Other influences included the “Old Masters”, particularly Northern Renaissance painter Roger van der Weyden.

She took classes at Sheridan College under Frank Newfeld (See NEWFELD Frank) , then moved on to the Ontario College of Art (now Ontario College of Art & Design University) where she studied under Will Davies (see DAVIES Will), Gerry Sevier and Doug Johnson ( See JOHNSON Douglas). She graduated in 1978.

Even as she was graduating her work was appearing in publications like The Canadian and The City. She took jobs in advertising and sent her illustrations to various magazines. She came to the attention of Fred Woodward, a prominent U.S. art director, and did work for him when he was at the Texas Monthly, then Regardie’s and when he moved to the The Rolling Stone in 1987. While her work has appeared in Maclean’s magazine, Saturday Night (now defunct) and Walrus, Anita estimated that 90 to 95% of it  went to the U.S. market. She was a regular illustrator for Time, Newsweek, Esquire and The New York Times Book Review. She freelanced for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Scientist, Sports Illustrated, and The London Sunday Time. In addition to magazine work she did book covers and posters including a 1986 Canadian Opera Company poster in which she depicted a woman with six arms, each presenting one of C.O.C.’s productions, and a 1995 Toronto International Film Festival poster showing Eve with an apple shaped reel of film.

According to C. Hume     “… she has evolved a unique expressive style that’s realistic without being photographic.” Anita has said “It’s a question of making things accessible. Sometimes it’s a very intellectual process, sometimes very intuitive.”

She was part of a group of young Toronto graphic artists in the late 1980’s, which included Jamie Bennett, Blair Drawson, Jeff Jackson, Maurice Vellekoop and Rene Zamic (All of these illustrators have their own entries) whose work spread throughout both the North American and European markets. Anita once commented on the group’s impact, “I was in New York at a symposium a couple of weeks ago and everyone was talking about what a hotbed of talent Toronto has become. Art directors now seem to be on the look out for people from Toronto.”

From 4, September 2003 to 3, January 2004, Anita was honoured by the U.S. Library of Congress with a solo show Canadian Counterpoint: Illustrations by Anita Kunz at the library’s Swann Gallery. She was the first Canadian to be so honoured.

In 2009, she was made and Officer of the Order of Canada, our highest civilian award. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal. She was inducted into the Society of Illustrators “Hall of Fame” in 2017.  See below the appreciation of Anita Kunz written by Prof. Jaleen Grove. Canada Post issued a stamp in her honour 5, April 2018.

WORK:

CARTOONIST:

BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Editorial:

Caricature . Cartoons Canada. Ed., Terry Mosher. Linda Leith Publishing, 2012: 94.

ILLUSTRATOR:

AUDIO RECORDING ARTWORK:

Radio Guide Collector’s Choice, vol. 1: Classical Nuance. Various Performers. Canadian Broadcasting Corp./ Société Radio-Canada, 1986. RGLP001. LP.

BOOK TEXT:

Cover:

Dust jacket:

L. M. Montgomery. Writ., Jane Urquhart. Penguin Group Ltd., 2009.

PERIODICAL TEXT:

Cover front:

SATURDAY night,….
October 1995 October 1998. December 1999/January 2000

Content:

The Canadian, 18 February 1978.

The Canadian, 22 April 1978: “Cityspan”: 18c.

The City, 20 January, 1980: “Eat Hearty”.

Maclean’s, 16, February, 2004: A caricature of Ralph Klein: 27.

SATURDAY night, October 1995: “behind every successful psychopath”: 51.

SATURDAY night, October 1998: “Mr Clean”: 49.

Zoomer, June 2010: “Experts”: 75.

SOURCE:

Article book:

Caricature . Cartoons Canada. Ed., Terry Mosher. Linda Leith Publishing, 2012: 84.

Article periodical:

Details. 3, March/April 2018: “Great Canadian Illustrators”: 6-7. Canada Post Corp.

Maclean’s, 13 October, 2003: “Closing Notes”: 70

Article Newspaper:

Globe & Mail, 16 Sept. 1995: “The Canny Art of Anita Kuntz”: C1.

Toronto Star, 20 Nov.1988: “Vital Designs.” Writ., Christopher Hume: G1.

Toronto Star, 2 Dec.1995: “Making their mark.” Writ., Michael Hanlon: K5.

Toronto Star, 2 July 2009: “Toronto illustrator gets Order of Canada”. Writ., Jason Miller.

GALLERY:

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\K\KUNZ Anita, The Canadian, 22 Apr. 1978, 18c.jpg The Canadian, 22 April 1978: “Cityspan”: 18c.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\K\KUNZ Anita, The City, 20 Jan 1980.jpg The City, 20 January, 1980: “Eat Hearty”.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\K\KUNZ Anita, Saturday Night, Oct. 1995, 51.jpg SATURDAY night, October 1995: “behind every successful psychopath”: 51.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\K\KUNZ Anita, Saturday Night, Oct 1998, fc.jpg SATURDAY night, October 1998: “Mr Clean”: Front cover.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\K\KUNZ Anita, Maclean's 13 Oct 2003, 70.jpg An illustration taken from the Canadian Counterpoint show. Maclean’s, 13 October, 2003: 70.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\K\KUNZ Anita, Maclean's, 16 Feb 2004, 27.jpg A caricature of Ralph Klein, Maclean’s, 16, February, 2004: 27.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\K\KUNZ Anita, The New Yorker 30 July 2007, fc..jpg “Girls will be girls.” The New Yorker 30 July 2007.                                        Caricature.Cartoon Canada, 2012: 94.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\K\KUNZ Anita, L M Montgomery, 2009, fc.jpg L. M. Montgomery. Writ., Jane Urquhart. Penguin Group Ltd., 2009: Dust jacket.

ADDENDUM:

Prof. Jaleen Grove gives an appreciation on the occasion of Anita Kunz’s induction into the The Society of Illustrators “Hall of Fame”

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