Mike Hinge - May Co Wilshire, Oriental Bazaar. Pen and Ink on thin paper. Approximate size 60x70cm. Date: Unknown. Unsigned.
This is one of Mike's advertising pieces for a store in Los Angeles called May & Co on Wilshire Boulevard. The building itself is pretty grand and impressive, I'd love to see it for real one day. This piece would have been produced when Mike lived in Los-Angeles either as freelance or with an Advertising Agency.
There is another version of this piece that I have seen but do not have. The other version is signed and has the same composition but has different colouring and doesn't have the text or border. If you have it fantastic! It is a really nice piece. Please feel free to get in touch.
It is well documented that in 1959 Mike Hinge emigrated to the US and lived and studied art in Los Angeles and whilst there In Los Angeles he worked at major advertising agencies and also freelanced. Now the thing is I would love to know the names of the Advertising Agencies and the clients that he produced work. Up until now I haven't been able to find this information. (I know that later when he moved to New York he worked for Young & Rubicam & BBDO). I do have one clue that whilst living in Los Angeles one of the agencies he worked for was co-owned by a contessa in Beverly Hills [sic], perhaps meaning a Countess(?) .