I was very lucky to catch an exhibition in Paris in 2010 of Kiraz’s fabulous sketches and illustrations.
I didn’t know his work even though I’d been in Advertising in the 70’s & 80’s when many illustrators worked in similar styles. I now realise where the influence would have come from.
He’d gone to Paris in 1946 and began sketching for the newspapers of the time. His ‘Parisiennes’ were launched in 1959 in the newly launched ‘Jours de France’ and are now famous for his cheeky, elegant, mischievous and timeless women.
Many major Ad Agencies at the time used his ‘Parisiennes’ in many big campaigns, as well as fashion rags such as Vogue and he was published every month in Hefner’s Playboy.
Just love the style. So very French.