Louis Shabner began his career producing shop window advertising for brands such as Every Ready, Ovaltine and Chivers jams, amongst others, but is best known for his paintings of sultry sirens. During the 1960s and 1970s his prints, which were available through shops such as Boots chemists and by post through Freemans catalogues, adorned lounge walls up and down the UK. Many of his women made it onto hugely popular calendars during the same period.
Under the pseudonym Sheldon, Shabner also produced numerous book cover paintings for Pan and other publishers. At the time, mass-produced art of this kind was viewed as having only ‘throw away’ value, but now Shabner’s work – often mentioned in the same breath as that of contemporaries Vladimir Tretchikoff and J H Lynch – is highly sought-after by collectors, with copies of his original prints and calendars being snapped up for high prices.
In The Art of Louis Shabner, researcher Stuart Webb presents the most comprehensive account ever published of Shabner’s life and work, lavishly illustrated with beautiful colour images of a wealth of his paintings. A ‘must buy’ for aficionados of vintage art and book cover illustration.
240pp. Large format 22cm x 28cm hardback. Fully illustrated in full colour throughout.
Published December 2021
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stuart Webb studied Electronic Engineering at Leeds University, before securing a position as a powerplant engineer in the aerospace industry. He now works as a systems engineer for an engineering consultancy. Stuart has written for a number of magazines, including a two-year stint with the now sadly defunct Book and Magazine Collector. An award winning short story author, Stuart has also penned three novels for children, Aurora’s Tears, Lyme Hall and Time Traveller Jenny at Chatsworth. The first print of his debut novel sold out on the day of publication. More recently, his passion for all things vintage, and particularly kitsch art, has resulted in Stuart writing a number of articles on this subject for Vintage Explorer magazine. Although he’s previously contributed to a writer’s handbook titled A Seriously Useful Author’s Guide to Marketing and Publicising Books, The Art of Louis Shabner is his first full work of non-fiction. Stuart lives in Cheshire with his wife and daughter. Instagram: @stuart_webb_