Block was a visual effects artist,
matte artist, painter, illustrator and educator who worked as an artist in the film industry
and later taught at California State University, Northridge. The collection consists of
visual artwork and personal papers including film production records, three 16mm films, and
California State University, Northridge Santa Susana Press records.
Irving Alexander Block (1910-1986) was born in New York City on December 2, 1910. Block was
a visual effects artist, matte artist, painter, illustrator and educator. He attended New
York University for his bachelor's degree and also studied at the National Academy of
Design. During the 1930s he joined the Works Projects Administration's Federal Art Project.
In the 1940s he moved to California and worked at 20th Century Fox as a matte shot artist.
Block co-wrote the original story for the film Forbidden Planet
. In 1963 he began teaching art at California State University, Northridge. Block
continued teaching at CSUN until 1980, and died in 1986.
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