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Frank Newfeld

Frank Newfeld received his art education in England, at the Brighton College of Art, and the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. Educated in England, Frank Newfeld immigrated to Canada in 1954. Once here, he founded his own design company in a studio on Spadina Avenue in Toronto.

In 1956 Newfeld, Frank Davies, Leslie (Sam) Smart and John Gibson founded the Society of Typographic Designers of Canada (TDC). Frank's Spadina Avenue studio which was often the meeting place for the Society in its formative years. He was elected President of the Society in 1959, the year that it received its Ontario charter. In 1963 Frank joined the firm of McClelland & Stewart as an art director, and within six years he was to become Vice-President, Publishing and a member of the board of directors.

Over his career Frank Newfeld has designed well over 650 books for publishers in Canada, the United Kingdom, Israel and the United States. Canadian publishers include Douglas and McIntyre, Groundwood, Longmans, MacMillan, Nelson, Oxford and UofT. Authors he has worked with include Berton, Cohen, Davies, Gottlieb, Laurence, Layton, Mowat, Newman. He has won over 167 awards, including three medals from the prestigious Leipzig Book Show, two Hans Christian Anderson awards, and two from Typomundus 20. Other awards include the Canada Centennial Medal, the Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, and awards from the AIGA, Art Directors and Type Directors clubs of New York, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. Frank represented Canada at the 1976 Illustration Bienale in Czechoslovakia, and his work was exhibited in Bologna in 1990. He has created two children's books, both published by Oxford University Press. He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy.

For many years Frank Newfeld was associated with Sheridan College where he served as an educator, illustrator and publication designer.

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... I bought a Toronto Star and carefully scanned the Want Ads. There was just the thing! And I had found it on my first day of job search in my first Canadian newspaper.... Armed with my Art School portfolio, I arrived at the Wellington Street plant some ten minutes early. I was aware that I would probably have to wait to see Mr Ronald who was surely a busy man. Still, I decided to go in. At the receptionist's desk I explained that I had an appointment with Mr Ronald. She smiled at me, and flicked a switch on her intercom. 'Hey Ron, there's a young man here to see you. I'll send him in, okay?' Canadians seemed to have an overly familiar way to address a vice-president.... Mr Ronald turned out to be a middle-aged, somewhat corpulent gentleman, whose cigar seemed to be the largest thing in his office. He motioned me to a metal folding-chair and handed me a questionnaire to fill out.

The questions pertained to name, age, sex, address, next of kin, previous employment ... but nothing to do with education, exhibitions or awards. After filling it out, I handed it to Mr Ronald, and told him that I had brought my portfolio, to which he replied: 'That's good. Can you paint?'

'Yes, I took Painting at both the Brighton College of Art and Central School of Arts and Crafts in London.'

'London has an art school? I didn't know that. I thought they only had a County Fairground. Well, good. Do you paint fast?' The first part of this exchange I didn't quite grasp.

'Average, I suppose. Would you like to see my portfolio?'

'In a moment. Are you a neat painter?'

'I suppose I am. I work in a realistic style. Would you like to see my portfolio?'

'Not yet. Can you work without supervison?'

'Actually I prefer to work without supervision.'

'Do you mind supervison?'

'Not really, I find it can be helpful in working out problems at my present stage of development. Would you like to see my portfolio?'

'That won't be necessary. You're hired ...'

I realized I had misjudged Mr Ronald! Without even seeing my portfolio he recognized talent. This was obviously a sensitive person.

'That's good, kid. Take the service elevator to the fourth floor. There'll be a young lady waiting for you. She'll be your boss, and she'll tell you exactly what she wants done. And call me Ron, eh?'

The young lady's name was Vi, and she was at least ten years older than my mother. Her hair was in curlers and she wore a pair of powder blue polyester pants, elasticized at the waist and ankles.... She was waiting for me with a small pushcart, on which I could see four cans with a paintbrush beside each.

Vi led me to a large room with long rows of dolls' heads fixed on wooden pegs.... Each head had beautiful red lips, rouged cheeks and delicate eyebrows. There must have been three hundred of these disembodied 'French aristocrats' at the very minimum. But they were completely sightless!

'Your job is to paint their eyes,' Vi explained.

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Alligator Pie

by Dennis Lee
illustrated by Frank Newfeld
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Hardcover
tagged : humorous
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Garbage Delight

Garbage Delight

by Dennis Lee
illustrated by Frank Newfeld
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged : humorous
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The Grasshopper, third edition

The Grasshopper, third edition

Games, Life and Utopia
by Bernard Suits
illustrated by Frank Newfeld
introduction by Thomas Hurka
edition:Paperback
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Words like Arrows

A Collection of Yiddish Folk Sayings
illustrated by Frank Newfeld
compiled by Shirley Kumove
edition:eBook
tagged : jewish
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