Melbourne Brindle

Nov 18, 1904 - Sep 19, 1995

Ewart Melbourne Brindle was an Australian-American illustrator and painter. His work included posters for World War II war bonds, magazine illustrations and covers, and US postage stamps; he was particularly known for his illustrations of cars, and in 1971 published a book of portraits of Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts.
Melbourne Brindle was born in and named for Melbourne, one of seven children of Arthur Brindle, who was also an artist; in 1918 his family immigrated to San Francisco, where he briefly studied at the California School of Fine Arts and worked first for a department store, then for an advertising agency. At age 33 he moved to New York, where he started his own agency; his commissions included Douglas Aircraft, United Airlines, the Italian Steamship Lines, and various car manufacturers. He became known as a car artist, and portrayed the Ford Thunderbird and the Buick Riviera in their first advertisements in 1955 and 1963, and updated the Goodyear Tire ads with a new car each year in the 1950s and 1960s.
Brindle was initially known for his black and white work, for which he won medals at the 1934 and 1938 New York Art Directors Club shows.
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