Mike Dolas died the other day. He was one day shy of his 98th birthday. Not many people today know of him unless they are familiar with the illustrative art world and the great artists who lived and created there.
Mike Dolas was in the ilk of illustrators like Normal Rockwell and J.C. Leyendecker. All were great illustrators from the 1920’s to the 1960’s and beyond. Look at the historic covers of the Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Life and other magazine periodicals and you will see the magnificent artistic creations of Mike Dolas.
I met Mike Dolas a few times and was invited to various lunches and dinners at the famed Lotos Club in New York to converse with Mr. Dolas about his remarkable career and frankly to just listen to his stories.
I once asked him why he did not sign his illustrations and his answer was, “What for?”
He could paint an illustration portrait better than a photograph.
In his later years Mike Dolas was a little hard of hearing and sometimes disoriented, but his memory of the art world was intact and his admirers were legion.
Take a moment and check out Mike Dolas on the Internet. You will be amazed at the talent that is now back in the heavens of creativity. He will be missed. The eternal light is now brighter.