Ernest Chiriaka

Ernest Chiriaka

His pulp covers were usually left unsigned, and he used a variety of pseudonyms, such as Acka, Darcy, and A.D.

In 1950 he joined the American Artists Agency and began a successful career as a slick magazine illustrator for many popular magazines, where his pin-up calendar art brought him his greatest renown.

He painted many paperback covers up until 1965, and then retired from commercial illustration to concentrate on painting visionary landscapes of the Old West, which have continued to attract appreciative collectors at fine art galleries around the world. (Source)

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Belle Starr, Petticoat Desperado (1956) – Art by Ernest Chiriacka.

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Ernest Chiriaka

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Superb vintage art from Ernest Chiriaka. Cosmopolitan magazine, August 1955.

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Although โ€œEsquireโ€ initially hired Al Moore to replace Vargas in the late 1940s, it was Ernest Chiriaka who took over the magazine’s twelve-page calendar from 1953 to 1957 – a great responsibility since the calendar had continued to be the largest-selling and most popular in the world. Chiriaka died in 2010, aged 96.