Arthur H. ‘Art’ Landerman Jr., commercial illustrator and dance band co-founder, dies

Arthur H. “Art” Landerman Jr., an illustrator who founded Art Landerman Art and a musician, died Dec. 18 at Shock Trauma after a car accident near his Sykesville home. He was 70.

“A lot of illustrators have one style, but Art could do any style of illustration,” said Ken Mays, a longtime friend, who was the founder of Mays & Associates Inc., a Columbia-based website design and internet marketing company.

Arthur H. "Art" Landerman Jr. and his wife founded 4 on the Floor with Overdrive, a rock and dance band.

“He was incredibly talented and I don’t think he ever believed it,” Mr. Mays said. “He was my go-to guy for illustrations.”

Arthur Henry Landerman Jr., son of Arthur H. Landerman Sr., a factory worker, and Helen Landerman, owner of a janitorial service business, was born and raised in Menominee, Michigan, where he graduated from high school in 1970.


After leaving high school, he enlisted in the Navy, where he served until being discharged and enrolled at the Maryland Institute College of Art, from which he graduated in 1980.

“While at MICA in the late 1970s, he began providing illustrations for Columbia-based ‘Faith At Work,’ a magazine that was founded by a prominent Episcopal priest, Sam Shoemaker, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step program,” Mr. Mays said.

Mr. Landerman began his career as a graphic designer at A.D. Advertising Associates, a Columbia ad agency that was owned by Patuxent Publishing Corp.

“I called MICA and told them I was looking for an illustrator and they told me about Art, so I hired him,” said Mr. Mays, who at the time was a principal at A.D.A.A.

“He could do any style of illustration and that’s what made him a great commercial artist. At the agency and later in his career, Art worked on a wide variety of accounts, providing realistic, humorous, or quirky pen-and-ink illustrations or paintings, whatever suited the subject,” he said. ”Art liked to say that he illustrated everything from bagels to soft frozen yogurt and everything in between.”

Mr. Landerman left A.D.A.A. in 2000, and two years later, founded Art Landerman Art in Ellicott City. In addition to doing illustrations, he also established himself as a muralist, and his favorite such piece, according to Mr. Mays, is in the induction center at Fort Meade that welcomes new recruits.

He was also hired by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to create new illustrations of “Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories.”

His list of clients ranged from the Columbia Bank and the Columbia Festival of the Arts to The Columbia Foundation and the late developer Richard N. Dubin, whose last project was The Bentley, luxury apartments in Northwest Washington.


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Mr. Landerman enjoyed sharing his love of art and taught summers in the Kids on Campus program at Howard Community College and for more than a decade at the Cornerstone Homeschool in Howard County.

A talented guitarist, Mr. Landerman and his wife of 17 years, the former Lauren Marshall, a retired Howard County public school science teacher and keyboardist, founded 4 on the Floor with Overdrive, a rock and dance band, that played venues throughout Central Maryland.

A deeply religious man who was known for saying, “Faith in Christ is essential,” Mr. Landerman was an active member of Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Howard County, where he was part of the praise team and guitarist.

“He had his own belief but never looked down on others,” Mr. Mays said. “He respected their positions in life, and he was very direct in what he believed in.”

Mr. Landerman’s favorite pastimes were music and fishing. It was his wish that he be buried near his favorite fishing spot in Menominee, family members said.

A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Crossroads Church of the Nazarene at 2750 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Drew Landerman of Towson; a daughter, Laura Landerman of Towson; two stepsons, Austin Wittek of Denver and Steven Pawlikowski of Glen Burnie; three sisters, Marge Schuette, Marian Michalaski and Maxine Corriveau, all of Menominee; two granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews. Two earlier marriages ended in divorce.