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Ken Dallison was born in Hounslow, England on March 23, 1933; the only child of Arthur and Hilda Dallison. He attended Twickenham Art College in Middlesex from 1947 - 1949. In the army he was trained as a Cartographer and began his professional career in a London Advertising Agency. He developed his trademark pen and ink style in the mid 50's ["I always leave something for the eye of the viewer to fill in himself"] says Ken.
He began to specilize in vehicle illustration around 1959. His interest in the artistry of automobiles inspired him to create a portfolio filled with trains, buses, and cars, particulary large American cars of the 1950's. Ken often fills his art with characters in the same way a director casts a movie, fulfilling both the need to create a good design and tell a story. He is interested not only in motorcars, but in the personalities of these splendid machines and the human dramas of which they are a part.
Freelance work in North America eventually led him to settle in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he still lives with his wife Gwen. He teaches at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, and has lectured at the San Francisco Institute. A founding member of the Automotive Fine Arts Society, Ken is also a member of the New York-based Society of Illustrators. Ken Dallison has created many United States stamps for the US Postal Service, among them:
Scott 2127 - 7.1c Tractor,
Scott 2131 - 11c Stutz Bearcat,
Scott 2132 - 12c Stanley Steamer,
Scott 2381-85 - Classic Cars,
Scott 3019-23 - Automobiles.
He has also designed many U.S. Air Mail stamps:
Scott C91-2 - Wright Brothers,
Scott C93-4 - Octave Chunute,
Scott C95-6 - Wiley Post,
Scott C100 - Glenn Curtiss,
Scott C113 - Alfred Verville,
Scott C118 - Samuel P. Langley.
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Numerous awards include the 1970 Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Canadian Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, Athena Awards of Excellence in 1990, 1995, 2001, qnd 2003, and two Gold Medals from the Detroit Art Directors Club. His paintings hang in museums and private collections across North America and Europe.
During his 50+ year career, he has created elegant images for such prominent clients as Esquire, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Car and Driver, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, and IBM.