A Chicago artist, Harry Ekman worked side by side with
fellow Sundblom shop veteran
Gil Elvgren, developing a lush
style in oils uncannily like that of his mentor. His girls
have the same fresh, wholesome glow as Elvgren's, and are
seen in such typical Elvgren-ish situations as bicycling,
wading, and walking the dog.
Assisting his colleague in the 1960s, Ekman may even have
"ghosted" certain Elvgren signed paintings. His own work
appeared under both the Brown & Bigelow imprint and Shaw-Barton.
Like Elvgren, Ekman specialized in calendars but also worked