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The Jack Unruh Collection Collection

Jack Unruh was born in Pretty Prairie, Kansas in 1935. He attended Washington University where he majored in Magazine Illustration, and would eventually settle in Dallas, Texas to pursue his career. He has produced artwork for a diverse client base of magazines, corporations, and organizations. His work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, Texas Monthly, Rolling Stone, and Time and has been commissioned by such companies as MCI, Sony, IBM, and Budweiser.

Working with both real and imagined scenes, Unruh's work often employs a freer style in which scale and perspective are irrelevant. He is known for his practice of creating tiny pen and ink marks, combined with larger brush strokes, as an alternative to crosshatching to produce shading effects. He is considered an excellent caricaturist and one of the most prolific and recognized illustrators of his generation.

Unruh has won numerous awards including the Hamilton King Award for Illustration of the year from the New York Society of Illustrators in 1998. He was inducted into the Society's Hall of Fame in 2006. As of 2009, he lives and works in Dallas.

The collection includes rich holdings of original artwork, book proofs, hundreds of tearsheets and related printed material.


Selected Collections: Charles Craver | Al Parker | Robert Weaver | Robert Andrew Parker | Jack Unruh | Clifford Ara Condak | Harper's Weekly and The Century
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