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Is Gordon Morison still alive?


By PhilGreg

6 years ago



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#4 6 years ago

I know most of the older pinball guys have passed. Molentin, Parker, Marche and Morison. I'm not sure about Art Stenholm or Jerry Kelly. Dave Christianson is still around.

#12 6 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

I wish I could find more info on Art Stenholm, but there seems to be very little known about him.

This sounds like him. If so he is gone too.

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#23 6 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Alex,
Wow, thanks so much for finding this. How did you find it anyhow? He was my favorite pinball artist. Very similar in style to Roy Parker. Look at the backglass art on Williams "Eager Beaver" and tell me that it isn't strikingly similar to Parker's work. The backglass art on "North Star" has always been debated. A very good source insists that it was Parker, but I see a lot of characteristics that look like it could be Stenholm's work. That demonstrates how close their styles were.

I just googled Arthur Stenholm Chicago. Lucky guess I suppose. I am also a big fan of his. Probably my second favorite behind Molentin. I agree that I think North Star looks more Stenholm than Parker but hard to know 100%. It's obvious that Parker was an influence in his work so the debate makes sense. I have always like Eager Beaver. Paul Bunyan is another that I think is outstanding. He always had nice compositions with just the right amount of comedy thrown in.

#27 6 years ago

I wonder if he was still working doing commercial art after his last pinball games? He would only have been 50 in 1980.
Hard to imagine an artist could afford to retire that early.

#33 6 years ago
Quoted from vid1900:

In 1989 he was still doing comics

Well that is cool and appropriate. I always thought his art had a comic book style to it anyway.

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#72 3 months ago

I like vintage snowmobile stuff and just picked up this 1969 board game. The art sure looks like the work of Gordon Morison to me? Especially in the guys face.

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#75 3 months ago

Alright, alright. Well, this work is more detailed than typical pinball art. He's got those big teeth, dimpled jowls and black eyes. A little bit of that exaggerated goofy look to him. If he had a cleft chin he'd look like some of the guys on Pro Football, Extra Inning or Pro pool. Obviously 1969 is before Gordon did pinball work but I'm sure he was a working commercial artist. Gordon isn't typically my favorite but I like the art on this game. Anyway maybe I'm reaching but he was the first thing that came to mind when I looked at that face.

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