Jazz pianist Pete Jolly was a prolific TV and film soundtrack composer. But in our world, he’s a pulsating, hyperkinetic hepcat who was twice caricatured by Jim Flora on RCA Victor album covers. This is a screen print of the artist’s swirly 1955 EP cover for the Pete Jolly Duo.
It was produced in a limited edition (125) using Jim Flora archivist Barbara Economon’s digital restoration of a vintage printer’s proof. Prints measure 20″ x 20″ (much larger than the 7″ x 7″ EP version), and use three acrylic screen printing inks meticulously matched to Jim Flora’s original colors on archival 100-pound off-white cover stock. Each print is numbered on the front and authenticated on the reverse. The name “Flora,” which was typeset on the original cover, has been replaced with the trademark “Flora” signature from the period. In addition, the musician’s names, which appeared in obtrusive typeset (non-Flora) blocks in the original, have been removed to better highlight the vibrating figures.
Given the organic nature of the screen printing process, small spots or specks are often present on some prints. However, such minute imperfections are common and do not detract or distract from the image itself. Due to the fine art print’s higher-resolution process, as well as superior paper, inks, and quality control, the colors in the print appear brighter, crisper, and more vibrant than the online image. Online color appearance may vary slightly depending on your monitor settings.