Hollywood animation artist David Weidman has died, aged 93. Weidman passed away on Wednesday (06Aug14) in Los Angeles. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Weidman was a prominent artist for advertising and animation studios in the 1950s and 1960s, most known for his silk screen prints.
A majority of his art was featured in United Productions of America cartoons, including The Boing Boing Show, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, and he also worked for Hanna-Barbera on Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.
However, it was his colourful work that caught the eye of set decorators for Mad Men, who consistently used his posters, prints and ceramics for the 1960s show, specifically for the office of copywriter Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss.
Mad Men's set decorator Claudette Didul previously told the L.A. Times, "The style is very distinctive and indicative of that era and the popularity of Danish modern. They remind me of pictures I saw growing up and seemed in keeping with Peggy's sensibilities and reflect her younger and somewhat more cheerful outlook."
Weidman is survived by his wife Dorothy and their three children.