Chicago (1940-1965)

Lenn Redman Commercial Art Studio     

After returning from the 1939 Worlds Fair in New York, Lenn opened his own studio in Chicago. Lenn animated products, drew cartoons on photographs, created animals with human-like qualities and delved into some exceptional serious illustrations.

Lenn Redman Commercial Art Studio file folder
Early Commercial Anthropomorphism

Lenn produced car cards, personalized greeting cards, training slides, films, newspapers, magazines, billboards, post cards, brochures, presentations, trade papers, house organs and graphics for television.

Lenn utilized his vast skills in the early days of animation to differentiate himself. Lenn began to create a new form of advertising, humanizing animals and inanimate objects.

He quickly became a leading choice for advertising creative and art directors. Lenn’s creations were used by some of the top companies in America including:

Walgreen Company, Westinghouse Electric Corp., Time, Inc., Saturday Evening Post, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Illinois Tool Works, Sterling Drug Company, Phillips Petroleum Co, Borden Co, Johns-Manville Co, National Tea Co, Motorola Inc., Delta Airlines, Chicago Tribune, Chevrolet Co, Canadian Ace Brewing Co, Gibson Greeting Cards, Knickerbocker Fund, Owens-Corning Fiberglass, Parents Magazine, Reuben H. Donnelley Corp, United Auto Workers C.I.O, Vess Beverage Company.        


Lenn on tv show you asked for it
Lenn On “You Asked For It”

Lenn performed on radio (yes, radio!) and TV on the  ‘You Asked for It’ Show.

As strange as it may sound, Lenn even drew caricatures on the radio!

Lenn was a guest on Jack Eigen’s radio show being broadcast from Chicago’s glamorous Chez Paree. People (unknown to Lenn) would call in and he would sketch their caricatures while speaking to them. Although the conversations were brief, the renderings were uncanny.

The whole startling event was documented in a March 9, 1958, article in the Chicago Sunday Tribune Magazine. The article was titled, ‘Do You Look Like Your Voice?’

Lenn was a club performer, working at such notable night clubs as Chez Paree and others in Las Vegas and most major convention cities across the United States and Europe.       


Lenn specialized in clever renditions of celebrities and public figures and he drew thousands of these images. But drawing everyday people was his passion. He loved to entertain and make people smile. Lenn was hugely popular as a live artist/performer. In front of  captivated crowds, he would bring personalities to life by drawing grease penciled caricatures on clear acetate on a light machine and projecting the images onto a large screen for audiences to enjoy. He  performed often at schools, nightclubs, and conventions across the country.      

Civil Rights Activist 

Lenn attended and chronicled various events he attended. He corresponded with such personalities as Muhammad Ali to share viewpoints during this time of radical social change in America. His non-commercial artwork during this time begins to shift to a much more humanist tone in reflection of the world changing around him.


Lenn created exceptional oils, pastels and acrylics artwork. It didn’t come as naturally as caricaturing, but when he worked in other mediums, the results were always brilliant. A modernistic painting of the Harry James Orchestra and a oil painting of Albert Einstein are just two of the outstanding pieces in the collection.