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Perceptualistics Hardcover – 24 May 2002


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Tiger; 1st ed. edition (24 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855859718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855859715
  • Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 22.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,553,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jael is considered to be one of the foremost female artists of today. From beautiful illustrations for fine art book to unique commissions for collectors, her inspired use of colour and images combines with her unparalleled vision and whimsical perspective. Over the 45 years of her career she has created more that 38,000 paintings and her work is frequently featured in books, calendars and magazines.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Watson on 23 Jun. 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a former webmaster for the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, I had the pleasure of working with Jael to produce one of ASFA's Chesley brochures. This led to my becoming her webmaster. Until that time I thought she was a very talented illustrator having only seen the images that she has painted for covers and interiors of science fiction and fantasy publications.
While putting together her webpage she introduced me to examples of artwork that were unlike anything I had seen with the SF/F genre. These images cannot be considered illustrations. They are more than that as they evoke emotions and thoughts that transcend the physical plane; transporting one into higher planes of existence and depicting mindscapes of such vast and incredible beauty that the mind finds itself at a loss for words. These vistas can not be described. They can only be experienced.
With the publication of this book everyone can now own reproductions of these of these pieces of 'Fine Art', painted by one of the finest artists alive today. A must own book for every collector.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A unique book on an unique artist 14 Jun. 2002
By L. W. Perkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book may be your only chance to see an extraordinary body of work from fantasy and sf artist Jael. Well known for her bookcovers, Jael (who goes by only her first name), had been doing an series of personal works over the last 40 years while she fulfilled the demands of motherhood and a busy artistic career. Not abstracts, not realistic paintings either, she calls them "meditations" or "journeys". They are unlike any other major paintings done in the 20th century; and while this book is beautiful, it doesn't do the original works complete justice--I had the privilege of seeing a couple first-hand, and they are stunning. Since Jael considered these personal works and "too odd" for public consumption, she had never publicised them before or even kept good track of the occasional times when she would sell one of these amazing works. The reproductions on page 40 and 54 hint at the splendor of the originals, but many of the illustrations of the perceptualistics were re-created from small slides, though Jael herself worked to restore them to something close to the original. The text is also delighful, since Jael has had a long, interesting (and rather inspiring) life. My hope is that this book will inspire a sequel, and that some of the owners of the perceptualistics will come forward for new scans of the treasures they own.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Life of a True Artist!!!!! 1 Jun. 2002
By Bob Eggleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Jael's art is way more than illustration,or even "Fantasy" art- she goes far beyond that to create her very own "Perceptualist" work that is truly unique to her. It is not a result we are seeing, it is a voyage and a voyage to the heart of a creator. In looking at her free-form Perceptualistic works, we can see almost anything we want. In the true definition of "Fine Art", these pieces invite us to create realities around them, rather than "Illustration" which creates reality for us. In other words, it's Art that makes you THINK.John Grant's text eloquently and expertly shines some light on the path to the many mysteries that await your exploration here Explore Jael's worlds-you will find little bits of yourself in them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Into One's Imaginings and Beyond... 28 Jun. 2002
By Edmund C. Bujalski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Perceptualisitics" is a magnificent gift to the reader. But beware, you "won't find a banana in the middle of each painting..."
That quote captures the essence of a Perceptualistic painting, if such an exercise is even possible. There is nothing literal about these paintings, and a casual observer, expecting to "see" a clearly defined image or a pictorial story in them will be challenged. And that, dear reader, is exactly why you should own this book and drink in the intoxicating visions it contains.
But let me segue for just a moment, for while the Perceptualistic paintings alone are an experience that will engage and enthrall you, there is so much more to this book that make it a compelling "must have."
It is eminently readable. John Grant's prose is both succinct and lyrical, and his biographical rendering of Jael invites one into her world in a way that is palpable and enjoyable. Rarely does one find oneself wanting to finish the text in an artbook before viewing the illustrations. Reading about Jael through Grant's eyes and ears made me want to know more. If there is a shortcoming here, it is because one finds onself wanting an even more intimate and extensive portrait of the artist.
Jael's paintings, regardless of the genre, are superb. Those seeking to view her Science Fiction and Fantasy illustrations will not be disappointed. Her work is among the best in the field and begs comparison to no one. Jael stands among the pantheon of "great ones" in the SF&F area.
However, dear reader, Jael stands alone with her Perceptualistic paintings, and she stands on a lofty plane indeed.
Each Perceptualistic painting beckons the viewer to explore. That exploration might be an inner vision, a transporting to another world or level of awareness, an opening to endless possibilities and insights. In a way, these paintings are gateways to perception, and that perception may change with every viewing. Can you think of any other artist who can offer you such a journey? I cannot.
I thank John Grant for his warm and vibrant words, obviously written with much caring. I thank Jael for this incredible gift to the public, and for opening her heart and her life, if only for a glimpse, to those of us who can only dream of such creativity.
Final thanks must go to the publishers, not so much for having the boldness to go beyond the trite and conventional nature of many "artbooks," but for recognizing creative genius and giving the world an opportunity to share in it.
Jael is a genius. Her genius comes from the heart, the dwelling place of all true genius, and that is a wondrous gift to us all.
Open your heart and prepare to expand your universe, dear reader, and buy this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps the most beautiful book I have ever bought 6 Jun. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've been familiar with Jael's super illustrations for a long time, but nothing prepared me for this book of her work, which concentrates largely on her fine art -- fabulously imaginative paintings that have almost all never been seen in print before. It's nearly impossible to describe them, because they don't obey any of the inhibiting rules that other fantasy artists tend to adhere to. This is a real breakthrough book, and the kind you'll want to buy extra copies of to give to your most special friends. It's lovely!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Legacy to cherish 13 Jan. 2003
By jael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am Jael... and I'm so thrilled with the overwhelming success of my first book, _Perceptualistics_! This book, packaged and designed so beautifully by Paper Tiger, contains not only wonderful samples of my illustrative work through the last twenty years, but the "now discovered" Perceptualistic pieces, that I've been painting throughout my entire lifetime. I thank everyone who has supported this, my first publication, and encourage you to keep traveling within your mind. Dream your dreams of worlds and journeys that are real, but perhaps as yet unexplained. Nurturing, personal, comforting realms in which to retreat, are very much needed for us in this world today. Jael
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