Now, thanks to blogger Adrian Curry at mubi.com, we can all learn more about this gifted artist and his work. When Curry first wrote about Kapralik on his site last fall he learned that the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming has an archive of the artist’s original pieces and papers, including records of what he was paid for his freelance work over the years. If you click HERE, you can see wonderful photos of Kapralik and his wife cutting and preparing their intricately designed and costumed figures, and even a shot of him shooting the main title card for the Ritz Brothers’ version of The Three Musketeers. Links within the site will take you to materials I never thought I’d see, including preliminary sketches and closeups of the paper caricatures. Wow!
Archivist Emily Christopherson promises that even more original materials will be digitized and put online in the near future. I can hardly wait. I’ve been collecting Kapralik pieces for years and never dreamed I would find such a treasure trove.
My thanks to artist and fellow caricature buff Drew Friedman for this lead. Drew always posts interesting artwork and commentary at his site:drewfriedman.blogspot.com.