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Bill Davis





 Paint - Acrylic

Art Type:



 Published Art


Bill Davis (All)

Original painting of “The Three Outlaws” for The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. (NBC, 1977).

Bill Davis is an American illustrator, graphic designer and painter.Davis graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1971 with a BFA degree and high honors. He was a lead graphic designer for NBC and received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design for his animated title and segue films on NBC, The First 50 Years: A Closer Look in 1978. He created over 200 “More to Come” on-air works for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and he designed the logo for The Gong Show.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is an American talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992. It originally aired during late-night. For its first decade, Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show was based at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, with some episodes recorded at NBC-TV’s West Coast studios in Burbank, California; on May 1, 1972, the show moved to Burbank as its main venue and remained there exclusively after May 1973 until Carson’s retirement. In 2002, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was ranked No. 12 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time and in 2013 it was ranked No. 22 on their list of 60 Best Series.

The Art:

One of the original “More to Come” paintings utilized as a segue between The Tonight Show’s broadcast and commercials being aired in between segments of the show. “The Three Outlaws” is one of the most famous of Davis’ works that would be broadcast as Johnny would cue Doc Severinsen’s Band to play as this piece was depicted on millions of American home TV screens back in the 1970’s. The art is accomplished in acrylics on approximately 12 x 18 inch slide, signed by the artist in the lower left corner in gold ink and in fine condition.

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