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Joseph Bodner
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Joseph Bodner was born January 16, 1925 in Florence, NJ. He died on May 28, 1982 in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Joseph Bodner’s  first inspiration to paint came during World War II, where he painted various insignias on Air Force Jackets and on the noses of now vintage Bombers -- “the pin-up types,” he used to say. He flew many missions as a combat crew member in the Army Air Force. It was divine fate and an ear infection that kept Joe in sick bay on the day his buddies were shot down, leaving only one other survivor.

After the war, he studied at the Art Center in Los Angeles, specializing in fine art and illustration. Joseph’s love of flying deeply influenced the heroic, outstretched skies that dominate the majority of his canvas space regardless of the subject matter. He worked for a time at Hanna and Barbera in their cartoon department and also at M.G.M studios.

Joseph appreciated the simplicity of the monochromatic palette. He believed, as many old movie lovers do, that a minimal palette affords the viewer more time to concentrate on the subject matter while minimizing the distractions he felt too much color brought to his work.

He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.