|Frank Hursh at Gamma, ca. 1961|
As a painter, I had been using oil paints, but in Mexico City I met José Luis Gutiérrez, the inventor of acrylic paints and the owner of the Politec Paint Company. The great Mexican muralists – Siqueiros and Orozco -had been using acrylic paints for their murals – being exposed to the elements, this was an excellent paint because the color was fast, and it resisted water, heat, and wind damage. José Luis had told me that I could even paint with it on glass. So, I had started to use acrylic paints in my personal artwork, a long time before it ever got to the U.S.
|Fingers Scarnose from "The Louse on 92nd St."|
|Fingers' mob from "Louse on 92nd St."|
|Cel from the Fractured Fairy Tale, "Slow White and Rose Red"|
|Cel from the Bullwinkle "Mucho Loma" adventure|
|Publicity cel of the same vintage, painted in the US with Cartoon Color paint|
|Seated, left to right, Sergio, unknown, Papy. Standing, middle row, Jesus Chucho, Roberto, Guillermo Aguilar, Raul Vilchis, Tio, unknown. Standing, back row, Mau Mau Arellano, Frank Hursh, Nacho Brambilla.|
“Mau Mau” Arrellano was a body builder, Jesús Chucho was a television actor and did some promotional advertising for TV, Guillermo Aguilar, my assistant later became a medical doctor. Raúl Vilchis later became the only painter out of the group (besides Frank). “Tío” (which means “Uncle”) was the oldest guy working in the background department, and was so named because he was the uncle of someone at Gamma although I can´t remember who. Nacho (short for Ignacio) Brambilla was a football player and later became a director of television programs.
The top two photos were staged by a Life magazine photographer for a proposed story on the Gamma studio which never materialized; Frank is sitting at someone else's desk and the backgrounds were pinned up around him for the photo. Below, photos of how the background department really looked at Gamma:
|(L), Frank's desk as head of the department, his assistant Guillermo sat to his right, (R), reverse angle on the same room with unknown, Nacho Brambilla, Tio and Raul Vilchis|