Hailing for Ontario, the illustrator James Hill was the first Canadian artist to be honored with membership in the American Illustrators Association. Though he may be best remembered for his magazine work, he was also a prolific paperback cover artist. His work, some of which is sampled below, adorned everything from pulp paperbacks to reprints of classic novels by Faulkner and Hawthorne. When I looked at his work, I was surprised to see how many of his covers I’ve owned over the years. Regardless of the book’s subject matter, Hill’s expressionistic work always makes an impression!
Here’s just a few examples: