Bruce McCall, a Canadian-born satirical artist, who was known for his vivid paintings, has passed away at 87.
The artist’s work was a reflection of his imagination and creativity. He was well-known for creating a ‘retrofuture,’ a world that represented the 1930s and 40s, but with an added twist of humor and satire.
His bold and exaggerated style of painting caught the attention of many and his work was often featured in The New Yorker magazine, where he worked as a staff writer for over 30 years.
Early Life and Career
Bruce McCall was born in Simcoe, Canada, in 1935. Before he began his journey as an artist, McCall worked as a graphic designer for companies like GM, Esquire Magazine, and IBM.
It was in the late 1960s when he first started to explore his passion for art and began freelancing as an illustrator. His work was mainly focused on advertising and magazine covers.
Creating the ‘Retrofuture’
Bruce McCall is best known for creating a world that blended the past and the future in a unique and comical way. He often imagined a world where the 1930s and 40s were still prevalent but had evolved with advanced technology.
His paintings featured flying cars, futuristic cities, and towering skyscrapers that were reminiscent of the Art Deco era, but with a modern touch.
His work was a reflection of his personality, which was humorous and imaginative. He would often add quirky details to his paintings, like a cow crossing a highway or a man walking his pet elephant.
The New Yorker Magazine
Bruce McCall worked as a staff writer at The New Yorker Magazine for more than 30 years. His work was often featured in the magazine’s humor section, and he was known for his iconic covers that featured his ‘retrofuture’ world.
He also wrote and illustrated several articles for the magazine, which included topics like travel, politics, and social commentary. His work was a reflection of his love for art and writing, and he was a celebrated member of The New Yorker community.
Bruce McCall was not just an artist; he was a visionary who brought a unique perspective to the world of art. His ‘retrofuture’ world was a reflection of his personality, and it brought joy and laughter to many people around the world.
His legacy will live on through his iconic paintings and illustrations that will continue to inspire new generations of artists.