FLATS – The Draper at 5050 N Broadway is FLATS mid-century inspired apartment building, converted from a former office building originally constructed in the Mad Men era. Throughout the building, you will find artwork by Conrad Moulton who was an illustrator at the height of the print advertising boom. His son, Josh, now represents his artwork, along with being an artist himself.
Tell us about your father’s artwork and his illustrations during the print advertising boom in New York City?
My father, Conrad Moulton, attended Parson’s School of Design in New York in the early 1940s where he completed a four-year program in just two years. He became a well-known and celebrated illustrator while working as a freelance artist in NYC for nearly four decades during the print advertising boom. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and his work was published in countless books, magazines, newspapers, and even Webster’s New World Dictionary. He was friends with Norman Rockwell. Later in his career, my father worked as a portrait artist and painter.
How did growing up with an artist inspire you to become one yourself?
My Dad was 56 when I was born… so his career as an illustrator at the point was pretty much over. He had a studio in our home where he produced paintings. I had a little easel in there when I painted too. At a very young age. He’d look at my work and make suggestions, teach me the fundamentals, etc. I was pretty much born to be an artist.
When did you begin representing your father’s artwork?
I’ve been representing my father’s work for 25 yrs. He passed away 13 yrs ago at the age of 83. His work is our family’s legacy.
Tell us about running your own gallery and studio art space?
I’ve been painting full time as my career for 16 yrs. I used to be represented by galleries around the country but decided to open my own gallery almost 9 years ago. My gallery is on Clark St. in Lincoln Park. Near the zoo. It‘s also where I produce everything. 2218 N Clark St. www.joshmoultonfineart.com