American Artist 1926 - 2011
Born in New York City in 1926, Saul Mandel studied art at the High School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan and upon graduation married his high school sweetheart Seba before going into the military. During World War II he served in the Hawaii-based Art Unit attached to U.S Army Intelligence with the task of disseminating important information to an audience scattered throughout the Pacific theatre. Upon returning to civilian life in 1945 Mandel began his career in commercial arts designing record album covers from his studio in Manhattan with fellow designer Sid Maurer for Columbia Records.
In 1986, Graphis stated that Mandel, “deliberately set out to achieve a style that was universal in language and appeal. To this deliberation he added out of his own nature a habit of humor allied to a love of all things childhood. From this there has resulted a style that is simple, smiling and naive, at once widely understood by young and old, by the ingenuous and the sophisticated.”