Robert Edward McGinnis (b. Feb. 3, 1926); American artist and illustrator. Known for his illustrations of more than 1,200 paperback book covers] and over 40 movie posters, including Breakfast at Tiffany's (his first film poster assignment), Barbarella, and several James Bond and Matt Helm films.

...born in Cincinnati, OH, he was raised in Wyoming, OH.

McGinnis became an apprentice at the Walt Disney studios, then studied fine art at Ohio State University.

... world-renowned painter whose prolific, award-winning artwork spans more than 6 decades. In recognition of his excellent paintings, in 1993 he was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Winslow Homer, Robert Peak, Frederic Remington and Frank McCarthy.

Robert’s artwork has been viewed by billions of people around the world, but most of them probably did not know, when they saw one of his images, that it was Robert who created the artwork.

Robert created paintings for many magazine articles (The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping Magazine, Guidepost Magazine, National Geographic). And he also created paintings for the covers of more than 1,200 paperback books, playing a significant part in the pulp fiction boom in the 1960s and 1970s.

...Robert also creates gallery-quality paintings from his own imagination and depicting such favorite subjects as fashionable ladies, tranquil nature scenes, and Old West scenes (such as the one that depicted John Wayne’s character in a scene from the movie The Searchers; the name of that painting is “Ethan” — the name of Wayne’s character in the movie — and that image appears on the cover of the book “Tapestry: The Paintings of Robert E. McGinnnis”).

Robert is a very humble and unpretentious person, and he is very grateful to be able to do what he loves. He loves, and lives, to paint.
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