Artist Profile: Darrel Millsap (1931 — 2012)


When I was searching for information on illustrator Darrel Millsap, I came across the following obituary from the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Darrel passed away on April 11, 2012, due to complications of stroke, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Ontario, CA, on May 9, 1931, to Poley and Isabelle Millsap. He was known as “Bunky” to all and in the years prior to his stroke, he was quite the character, with a loving heart and a smile on his face.
Darrel served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1953, where he immediately attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in Commercial Illustration. He later became a mentor to many graduates of Art Center and was an inspiration to many aspiring artists in the years to come.
He began his illustration career in Los Angeles, working for Fred Kopp Studios under Hector Huerta. Within a few years, he moved to San Diego and began working for Frye and Smith, then ventured out on his own with his partner Robert Kinyon, creating Millsap/Kinyon Illustration. They thrived for years until Robert lost his battle with cancer. Darrel continued his artistic legacy by going solo under Darrel Millsap Illustration, and worked with his many friends and acquaintances in the art business until he retired in 1999. Darrel was truly on of San Diego’s best known “unknown” artists.”

Here’s a few examples of his work:

Balcony of ShameNude in OrbitPlatypussyPlaygirl PadSwap CircuitThe Case of the Naked DiverThe Posh SinnersTo Swap A WantonWell Hung Up

2 responses to “Artist Profile: Darrel Millsap (1931 — 2012)

  1. This bio dredges-up a lot of art school memories. I’m sure everyone is aware of the rivalries between Yale and Harvard, Cal and Stanford and USC and UCLA.

    A very similar “cool school” thing existed back then between Art Center and Otis (years before Otis and Parsons hooked-up.) If your chosen road was commercial art, you went to Pasadena, and if fine art was your gig, it was Otis.

    No football games or pom-pom girls, of course, but we did get to brag that “OUR life drawing models can hold better poses than YOURS can!”

    … take THAT, Art Center scum!

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