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PETTY, George

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Birth: Born in Louisiana on 1894
Death: Died on 1974.


Pin-Up Artist/Air-brush illustrator.

Bio Summary

Petty and his family moved to Chicago early in his life and there he studied at the Chicago Art Institute. He spent most of his free time in his father’s photography studio, where he learned to use Airbrush and developed his skills. After his father’s death, Petty sold his dad’s studio and pursued his career as an artist.

Early Life/Family

A master of his craft, George Petty was a phenomenal artist of his time. Famous for his stunning Pin-Up artworks of beautiful young women, Petty found his living illustrating for company advertisements such as cigarettes, swim wear, and creating cartoon-like images for Esquire magazine.


Petty studied at the Chicago Art Institute. After WW I, he went to Europe to study at the Academie Julian to further his skills as an artist

Career Outline

Comments On Style

Petty incorporated airbrush on drawings. Since airbrush was only use to retouch photographs, Petty’s style became unique and developed a new technique that soon revolutionized the art world.



George Petty never had an interest to follow his father’s foot steps. Instead of taking over the photography studio after his father died, he sold it. He was a strong business man as he was an artist. He owned the rights to every image he created.



Petty’s first published work was a female ice skater for the cover of a 1920 Marshall Field Catalog.



Related Links

A-HAA: Media: George Petty 1947
A-HAA:Media: George Petty's Ridgid Tools Calendars

Bibliographic References
"Petty - The Classic Pin-Up Art of George Petty"


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