NICKY ZANN (1943-2020) "A Killing Kindness." Cover illustration for the book of the same title by Reginald Hill (New York: International Polygonics, Ltd. for their Library of Crime Classics series, 1992). Pencil, India ink, gouache, and markers on Bristol board paper. 300x175 mm; 11 3/4x7 inches, on 18x10 1/2-inch sheet. Signed "Zann" in left center image. Accompanied by an early preliminary sketch in graphite.
Zann was a New York-based artist whose career spanned five decades and reached far and wide across New York's pop and culture scene. Recognized as one of the most innovative and prolific cartoonists and illustrators of his generation, Zann's work has appeared in magazines such as Newsweek, Esquire, Fortune; daily newspapers such as The New York Times; and in comics and on mystery covers. His celebrity caricatures have been featured in ads for ABC, MTV, CBS and NBC networks, as well as for HBO. In the early 1970s, the Disney Corporation endorsed Zann to draw Disney characters, all personally approved by Roy Disney. His work has been exhibited around the world including at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Textile Museum in the Netherlands.