Posts Tagged ‘Mike-Foley’

20.Maritz BOA Leisure late 1970's

Maritz Book of Awards catalog spread 1970’s by John Foster Dyess

This illustration was created using my illustration and a photograph of a model taken by a Maritz photographer. Created before personal computers and the software Photoshop.


sculpture by Maritz artist Mike Foley for Jewelry and Gifts spread in a Maritz Book of Awards

Mike Foley and I have been friends since college. We have worked together as artists for the Military Air Command, Bob Ruether and associates and Maritz Motivation Company.


another metal sculpture by Mike Foley for a Maritz Book of Awards,1970’s


sculpture of a Viking by John Foster Dyess 1970’s

I created this relief sculpture in clay, spray painted it with metallic paint and had it photographed by a Maritz photographer.I don’t remember the client.


place mat design by Jack Thorwegan Maritz 1973

Jack worked in the next cubical to me at Maritz in 1973. He was there about three months while waiting to start a design business. He had a very successful career and was well respected in St.Louis.


another design by Jack Thorwegen created while working at Maritz Motivation Company.

I enjoyed working at Maritz for eleven years and left,not because I wasn’t having a lot of fun creating illustrations, but because I wanted to start my own illustration business in 1980.I wanted to show sum of the creative art by other artists at Maritz and to show that some of this art still looks current.


Tea party from Alice in Wonderland by 16 St.Louis illustrators

In 1986 I was the chair of a committee to create a mural depicting the tea party from the book Alice in Wonderland. The idea that the mural would be painted as individual panels came from a parlor game illustrators from a painting class would play at a Christmas gathering in St. Louis. Lee Brubaker, an illustrator that lived in St. Louis, would create a line drawing on illustration board, draw a grid over the drawing and then turn it up-side down. Illustrators at the party would take a square and create a painting by following the outline of the drawing in this square. After all the squares were painted the painting would be turned right side up. Lee would show the image from which the line drawing drawn. This was the concept of how the mural would be created.

Mike Foley,a illustrator friend of mine, created a line drawing of the tea party scene and a grid was drawn over his drawing. A copy of the drawing was cut apart into individual grid panels and one grid was sent to each artist. Each artist would paint a 30″ wide x 40″ high color panel which became a part of the mural.

Drawing of Mural and artists' names


one panel from Mike Foley Sketch

This is the panel I illustrated. Below is my instruction to each artist.

John Dyess instructions to illustrators

John Dyess in front of Alice Mural 1986