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sad news

The artist John Berkey has just died. For more, see Irene Gallo's blog at http://igallo.blogspot.com/2008/04/john-berkey.html and Bob Eggleton's blog at http://bobsartdujour.blogspot.com/.

I never met John Berkey, although I was very proud to publish his book The Art of John Berkey (text by Jane Frank) while I was at Paper Tiger; by then he was already too ill for face-to-face  encounters with strangers. He was one of the most painterly of sf artists, and managed to convey both splendour and strangeness with a power and sense of wonder that it's hard to describe. He achieved this even in many of his straightforward landscapes and other paintings, some of which I was lucky enough to see in original in connection with work on the book. Science-fiction illustration -- and indeed the world of illustration at large -- has lost one of its major exponents, a giant figure in the field's history. I'm deeply saddened by the news.


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Apr. 30th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, very sad news, indeed.
May. 1st, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
I love Berkey's work. The first time I "discovered" him I was maybe twelve years old and I got this National Geographic book about the solar system. It had a gorgeous Berkey illustration of a spaceship on the front, with fire boiling out of it with as many hues and depths as one of JMW Turner's stormy skies. I was thrilled when Night Shade tapped him to do the cover art for David Drake's Hammer books. This is very sad news indeed.
May. 1st, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)

"JMW Turner's stormy skies"

A very apt comparison.
May. 1st, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
That's a shame. I never met John Berkey either, though I did have a Berkey illustration for one of the earlier Eli Mothersbaugh stories. He did some beautiful work.
May. 1st, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)

"I did have a Berkey illustration for one of the earlier Eli Mothersbaugh stories"

You are one very lucky writer!
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