Los Angeles (1966-1987)

Animator

In the 60’s and 70’s, Lenn worked on various Hanna-Barbara and Filmation Associates Saturday Morning Cartoons. His credits include Aquaman, Superman, The Archie’s, The Cosby Kids and many more. His credits are documented in the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com)

Caricaturist

Lenn won hearts and captivated audience with his poignant caricatures. Lenn enjoyed capturing the unique personalities of everyday people from all walks of life. He drew more than 200,000 caricatures from life. Few other caricaturists created the quantity or quality of this entertaining art genre. 

Lenn drew thousands of caricatures of movie stars and public figures including:

Ralph Abernathy, Alan Alda, Muhammad Ali, Gracie Allen, Louie Armstrong, James Baldwin, Victor Borge, Carol Burnett, George Burns, Leonid Brezhnev, Dick Cavett, Cher, Jerry Colona, Bill Cosby, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr., Phyllis Diller, Walt Disney(w/ Mickey), Jimmy Durante, Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Red Foxx, Clark Gable, Indira Gandhi, Robert Goullet, Shecky Green, Dick Gregory, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Elliot Gould, Valerie Harper, Goldie Hawn, Alfred Hitchcock, Bob Hope, Burl Ives, Shirley  Jones, Buster Keeton, Emmett Kelly, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy , Nikita Khrushchev, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jack Klugman, Bert Lahr, Chow En-Lai, Sam Levenson, Liberaci, Sophia Loren, The Marx Brothers, Golda Meir, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe, Caroll O’Connor, Aristotle Onassis, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Jack Parr, Pope John XXIII, William Powell, Elvis Presley, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Edward G. Robinson, John D. Rockefeller, Will Rodgers, Lord Bertrand Russell, Willie Shoemaker, The 3 Stooges, Barbara Streisand, Sally Struthers, Ed Sullivan, Marlo Thomas, Sophie Tucker, Mao Tse Tung, Jimmy Walker, John Wayne, Dutchess of Windsor, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ed Wynn and many, many more!

Artist

Lenn’s final works were of an entirely new art form. Lenn used components of artists’ original masterpieces and incorporated a caricature of the artist himself…all while rendering the images in the artist’s own style. These unusual and highly creative masterpieces are so unique, there’s nothing to compare.

This portfolio includes six of Lenn’s favorite European Master Artists; Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Marc Chigall and 1 other yet to be positively identified. He also included 3 American Master Artists in this series. They are Jackson Pollack, Franz Kline and Stuart Davis. 

Poet

“What Am I?” – A Masterpiece in Diversity Education  © 1980 Mark Victor Publishing ISBN 0-96062-582-8

The ‘What Am I?’ series is a group of moving publications based on a poem Lenn published in 1980. The series includes a Fine Art Book, Children’s Coloring Book and 11 Large Format Color Prints related

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Cover Of “What Am I”. Redman’s Art And Poetry.

to the poem’s verse. The series has been digitally imaged and is available in all styles and formats. First edition’s of the book, long out of print, have become collector items and are now selling for $100 and more!

In 1982 the National Conference of Christians and Jews selected the poem and ‘The Baby Faces’ print and distributed copies in commemoration of National Brotherhood Week.

Please see the LA Times Newspaper Article, ‘A Funny Man Fights Things that Aren’t’ by Mark A. Stein, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, February 14, 1982. “Lenn is quite a man”, said Harry Robinson, Executive Director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews in New York. “He shows the kind of commitment we admire. Lenn cares about his fellow man, and that is essentially what we are about.

Author 

How To Draw Caricatures © 1984 McGraw-Hill ISBN 978-0-8092-5685-3

How to Draw Caricatures is ‘the bible’ of the caricaturing trade and has influenced the work of most every professional and amateur caricaturist since the book was published in 1984. 

How to Draw Caricatures is the first book devoted entirely to teaching the art of caricature. It’s filled with hundreds of step-by-step instructions and examples. Photographs of caricatured subjects as well as their finished caricatures are included so that you can see the art in action and learn from Lenn’s insights. 

How to Draw Caricatures is a unique combination of art, instruction, personal commentary and even caricature history. It contains reproductions of the work of many famous caricaturists, as well as many caricatures of familiar political faces and stars of the stage and screen. Whether you intend to liven up the next family dinner with a hilarious caricature of Uncle Fred, or you are seriously considering a profession as a caricaturist, this comprehensive book is your invaluable reference guide.

Lenn describes how Einstein’s Theory of Relativity inspired him to create his own workable formula for drawing caricatures. Lenn states, “Things appear as they do because of their relationship to each other. Relativity in the arts can be thought of as having two parts: (1) The relationship of things to others of their own kind, and (2) The relationship of things to their surrounding and abutting elements.” Both parts are at the heart of Lenn’s talents for exaggerating. They constitute his formula for making comparisons.

Lenn created a special model called the “In-betweener.” It’s a frame of reference for determining how to exaggerate subjects’ features. By utilizing Lenn’s formula, you can recognize the subject’s individuality by comparing the person with the In-betweener.

Collector

Lenn saved a substantial amount of reference material from the 1930’s-1970’s that he utilized throughout his career. These collectibles include Vintage Hollywood Celebrity photos, Vintage Magazines and Comics as well as Vintage Art Books.

Vintage Hollywood Movie Star Pictures

Lenn saved hundreds of 8″x10″ glossy Hollywood movie star pictures, the industry and pictures of himself. The collection provides a glimpse into the early years of the caricature and animation industry specifically, and the entertainment industry, in general.  Vintage pictures include:

Alan Alda, Muhammad Ali, Gracie Allen, Louie Armstrong, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergman, Joey Bishop, Charles Bronson, Carol Burnett, George Burns, Johnny Carson, Cher, Nate King Cole, Bill Cosby, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Lili St Cyr, Sammy Davis Jr., John Daly, Yvonne De Carlo, Phyllis Diller, Walt Disney, Jimmy Durante, Albert Einstein, Red Foxx, Betty Furness, Clark Gable, Jackie Gleason, Elliot Gould, Lee Grant, Valerie Harper, Bob Hope, Shirley Jones, Captain Kangaroo, Danny Kay, George Kennedy, Jack Klugman, Cristopher Lee, Jack Lemmon, Sam Levenson, Jerry Lewis, Ted Lewis, Liberace, Mary Livingston, Sophia Loren, Jane Mansfield, The Marx Brothers, Walter Matthau, Liza Minnelli, Johnny Mize, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Caroll O’Connor, Jack Parr, William Powell, Elvis Presley, Basil Rathbone, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Edward G. Robinson, George C. Scott, Phil Silvers, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Anne Southern, The 3 Stooges, Barbara Streisand, Sally Struther, James Stewart, Ed Sullivan, Shirley Temple, Marlo Thomas, Sophie Tucker, John Wayne, Ed Wynn, Loretta Young, The Road to Bali, Fantasia, Chez Paree Nightclub and many, many more!

Lenn also collected Storyboards, Caricature Books, Other Art Books, Art Reference Books, Children’s Books, Advertising Books, General Books, Automotive Magazines and Comic Books.

Educator

Lenn taught at The Art Institute of Chicago and other schools throughout the United States. He had a passion for sharing and teaching his craft. He went on to write a book, ‘How to Draw Caricatures’. This popular publication influenced hundreds of thousands of aspiring artist and is still selling today.

Civil Rights Activist

Lenn sketched what he saw throughout his life. He was appalled by what was happening in our country in the 60’s and chronicled the movement in his personal sketch book.

Lenn sketched Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Benjamin Spock and others at an ‘End the War in Vietnam’ rally at the Chicago Coliseum on March 25th, 1967.  After Dr. Kings death, lenn sketched the memorial service held at the LA Coliseum on April 7, 1968 and the Friendship Rally held at the Hollywood Bowl on April 21, 1968.

Lenn produced a live sketch of James Baldwin speaking at a benefit cocktail party by and for the student non-violent coordinating committee.  While attending the ‘Rally for Mongo Smith’ at the 8th Street Unitarian Church in Los Angeles on March 22, 1973, Lenn was able to add Angela Davis to his list of sketched figures that intrigued him.

Global issues were of interest to Lenn as well. He attended a dinner at the 1st Unitarian Church in Los Angeles to listen to agricultural economist Don Luce speak on the tigervcages he exposed in South Vietnam in 1971. While at this dinner, Lenn was also able to capture images of Tom Bradley and Dick Gregory.

 

Lenn Redman passed away in 1987 at the age of 75. His talents, creativity and spot-on interpretations continue to entertain fans around the world. Lenn left behind an amazing and entertaining collection and a part of American art history that everyone can enjoy.