About The Artist

Milton Charles was born in New York, NY in 1921 and died in Califon, New Jersey in 2002.

He studied at Pratt Institute, New York, NY, the Art Students League, New York, NY, and Zurich Institute of Design, Zurich, Switzerland.

Milton Charles taught painting at Parsons School of Design in New York, NY, Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, New York University in New York, NY and Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY.

Milton Charles was the Art Director of Jaguar Cars in New York, NY from 1959-1964. In 1964 he started his own company Milton Charles Design. This company introduced a concept and design studio for the publishing industry. It used appealing visual images to convey the book's essence, which were skillfully arranged to achieve a simple powerful cover. The following book covers were conceptualized and designed by Milton Charles and became trendsetters which helped the books become bestsellers: Spellbinder by Harold Robins, Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins, The World According to Garp by John Irving and The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann.

From 1969-1973 Milton Charles was the Creative Director of World Publishing, A Times Mirror Company in New York, NY. In 1973 to the early 1990's Charles was the Art Director and Vice President of Pocket Books Inc,. a division of Simon and Schuster in New York, NY. Milton Charles had a very successful career as an Art Director winning in excess of 500 awards from American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Art Directors Club, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Annual, Creativity in America and American Book Publishers (ABA) all in New York, NY.

His one-man exhibitions in New York, NY included the Salpeter Gallery, the Weyhe Gallery and The Society of Illustrators. Charles was included with group shows at the Associated American Artists (AAA), Babcock Galleries, American Contemporary Art Gallery (ACA), Salpeter, Arbitrage and Anita Shapolsky Galleries all in New York, NY.

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