An artist's interpretation of a teenager's head exploding in science class

Thirteen illustrations by Phil Kirkland for early 1970s science textbooks




Phil Kirkland, illus. for Life and Health (1972)
caption (I kid you not): "If government can legislate against drugs, may it some day require people to take them?"






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Psychology Today (1970)






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Developmental Psychology Today (1971)
"An artist's conception of Rank's fear of life and fear of death."






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Developmental Psychology Today (1971)
"The id and the superego"






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Psychology Today (1970)






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Developmental Psychology Today (1971)
"An artist's conception of the adolescent mind at work"






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Developmental Psychology Today (1971)
section 'Moving from Youth to Adulthood'






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Psychology Today (1970)






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Psychology Today (1970)






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Psychology Today (1970)






Phil Kirkland, chapter title page (Health and the Individual) for Life and Health (1972)






Phil Kirkland, illus. for Life and Health (1972)
caption: "Woman's role in marriage"






Phil Kirkland, title page for Life and Health (1972)



I've been collecting the textbooks released by CRM in the early 70s. None of them beat Biology Today, though they are serious competitors. Much more to come.


Please get in touch if you know the whereabouts of Philip Kirkland. I would love to hear from him, and so would fellow CRM artist Terry Lamb.


Kirkland did science fiction covers too, including a few for Robert Silverberg. [update: found some!]


May 2011 update: Through a former student and family friend I managed to get in touch with Phil Kirkland's family. He's 85 and lives in San Diego in a home stuffed with his art. I have an open invitation to visit, and I'll be writing Phil directly soon to let him know he has a few new fans (he doesn't use computers). Hopefully I can convince him to share more work, or somehow help him to catalog and preserve it.