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Saturday, June 30, 2007

John Berkey Space and Sci-Fi Art

John Berkey is an artist who is famous for his space and sci-fi-themed works. He created some of the early artwork for the original Star Wars trilogy. He has worked as a freelance artist since the 1960s, after an eight-year stint at a St. Paul, Minnesota advertising agency. He resides in Excelsior, Minnesota.

You can buy the book of "The Art of John Berkey" from Amazon.com please use the link below.

Note: All artwork and images copyright © John Berkey. Please do not use images without the permission.

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Link: John Berkey online gallery at ArtOrg.info. This is by far the best gallery of Berkey’s paintings on the web but all pictures medium size. Photos and article.

The Art of John Berkey by Jane Frank


To order this book from Amazon.com, click here.

The Art of John Berkey

Book Description: Jane Frank examines all aspects of Berkey's work, with more than 100 color illustrations drawn from all periods of his career-including personal illustrations painted for his own artistic satisfaction. Berkey himself contributes an autobiographical introduction. His wonderfully facile style is the perfect balance between painterly impressionism and hard-edged realism.

From Booklist: His art is no less realistic than most sf illustrators work, but John Berkey, one of the most admired sf artists, differs markedly from most of the artists on view in Grant and Humphrey's Chesley Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Art. For he is, as Frank lucidly contends in her appreciative text, a forthright impressionist. Light is his primary concern; asked by young artists how he starts a painting, he tells them, "With the light--that is, the light sources within the picture." He lets brushwork show chiefly for its suggestion of movement but also because he knows that the eye makes sense out of daubs of pigment, and he wants his paintings to engage viewers' imaginations. Hence, he renders one brilliantly convincing spaceship after another, which in their details, however, resemble nothing that yet exists. They are extrapolations from the human, animal, and machine shapes he limns so well in his pre-sf and contemporary non-sf art, examples of which also distinguish this dazzling album.
Ray Olson. © American Library Association.

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My-Art said...

Fantastic images!

CuriousRead said...

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i like the pics!

Crazywolf said...

I like the Star-Wars art
very Good^^

Neal Romanek said...

That Star Wars poster sends my head spinning back in time. It came with the original vinyl 2 album set of the original Star Wars soundtrack. I can virtually remember how that album smelled.

Vid's said...

There're fantastics ^^

http://vidsworld01.blogspot.com

KucukAnadolu said...

Nice blog and nice pics ;)

I have been a big fan of John Berkey Sci-Fi art ever since I first saw it in the early 90s. I love his use of fresh colors and the often dynamic composition induced through masterful placement and the use of brush strokes. His style is very unique. Mostly rough with little detail yet so much meaning. Fantastic art!

Anonymous said...

incredible post/scans. invaluable to those of us who can't get the book. thank you so much. -djs in los angeles.

Anonymous said...

Hello, great blog.
Do you have or does the book have a image of Star Trek TMP teaser Poster (without actors images)as seen here:
http://mystartrekscrapbook.blogspot.com/2008/11/sttmp-teaser-poster.html

I've been looking for a hi-rez scan of this for some time now.

thanks!