Gene Basset

Life Dates:
b. 1927
Artist Biography:
Gene Basset, born in Brooklyn, New York, is an artist totally committed to his chosen field and considers himself an editorial cartoonist although his work at times has illustrated theatrical and sports subjects. A student of both art and psychology, Bassett worked as a sports cartoonist for the Indianapolis Times and, later the Boston Post. He also served as a theatrical caricaturist for the Brooklyn Eagle. Following a brief stint as the first editorial cartoonist for the Hawaii Star Bulletin, Basset worked as chief editorial cartoonist for Scripps-Howard Newspapers for nineteen years. From 1982 until his retirement in 1992, Basset was an editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal. He summed up his philosophy and commitment in two sentences at the end of his entry in Who's who in America: "I simply look forward to tomorrow. Because of what I have learned today in creating my work, I know I can do better in my next effort."

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