Jules Engel was born in Budapest in 1915, emigrating with his parents to the United States, Illinois, in 1935. After moving to Los Angeles to study at the Chouinard Art Institute in 1937, he began working for Walt Disney. Throughout his career he worked on Fantasia and Bambi, created the characters Gerald McBoing Boing and Mr Magoo and was nominated for an Oscar for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright. Engel was a founding member of the United Productions of America (UPA) animation studio.
Engel was also accomplished in painting and printmaking. In 1966 he worked at Gemini Ltd on the lithographic series New York, New York. Through the use of repeated line and muted colour the works in this series create a sense of upward motion that recalls the vertiginous feeling of staring up at a row of skyscrapers.
Last updated May 2016