Collectible Posters and Graphic Reproductions
In the beginning...Willie Cole worked as a freelance writer and illustrator. LEGAL was the name given to both this painting and the accompanying short story created on spec for High Times Magazine in 1977. It is also an excellent example of Cole's early illustration style, and the color application technique he credits to his favorite illustrator from childhood, Maxfield Parrish.
To make this reproduction even more contemporary and relevant to today Cole has listed the names of all the state in the US that have legalized marijuana, for either medical or recreational use or both, at the bottom of the picture plane.. This graphic reproduction is 24 x 36 inches and printed on acid free semi gloss paper.
MADE IN NEWARK was a exhibition of Cole's early works presented by The New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2017. This image, depicting the artist and his sister on the porch of their first Newark New Jersey residence, is a 1980 color pastel based on a 1959 black and white family photograph. It is 24 x 36 inches and printed on an acid free semi gloss paper.
Meateaters Nightmare Series
The MEATEATERS NIGHTMARE SERIES, is humorous depiction of mans relationship with meat. First offered via back page ads in magizines like Rolling Stone, or Vegetarian Times, this series of 12, created in 1984, represents Cole's early years as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer.
"My sister," sayS the artist "calls this series kitchen art." But whether you are a vegetarian, a vegan, or a carnivore MEATEATERS NIGHTMARES will bring joy and fun to any room in your house. 18X24IN. EA.
DON'T EAT IT! FIGHT IT!
Post Black and Blue Series
Willie Cole's exhibition POST BLACK AND BLUE opened in the spring of 2010 and featured a series of drawing inspired by popular and classic American blues song lyrics. Depicted in a bold black and white style reminiscent of noir films and graphic novels, the four reproductions offered here show a mastery of composition, design, and story telling. Collect all 4 now. EACH IMAGE IS 18X24 INCHES
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY