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The Art of John Berkey (Paper Tiger) [Hardcover]

Jane Frank


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28 Oct 2003 Paper Tiger
Perhaps the most widely respected of all living space artists and one of the giants in the history of science fiction art, John Berkey has had a long and exceptionally distinguished career. He started as a professional artist in the 1950s, working for various studios before spending eight formative years at Brown & Bigelow, the major calendar-publishing company of the day; there he developed his amazing landscape skills in depicting scenes of Americana and the like. On turning freelance he soon brought those skills - and his dazzlingly evocative neo-impressionist style - to the field of science fiction. His name is now spoken with reverence and awe by his fellow artists in the field.

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In this book Jane Frank - proprietor of Worlds of Wonder and co-owner of The Frank Collection - examines all aspects of Berkey's work, from American scenes to the farthest depths of space and time. Publication of The Art of John Berkey is a major event to all involved in the art of the fantastic. Paper Tiger is proud to be associated with it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent chronicle 28 Feb 2004
By Dream Artisan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For those of you who were inspired by John Berkey's fantastic visions of the future decades ago, you will find continued inspiration in Jane Frank's new book, The Art of John Berkey. This book complements the earlier Painted Space book well, but stands on its own as a serious work about John Berkey. Several pages of autobiographical notes from Mr. Berkey himself followed by several chapters chronicling the many phases of Berkey's remarkable career. Back before computers, Berkey mastered the brush, inferring technological complexity with only minimal strokes in a way few other artists can. He ranks high along with legendary futurist artists like Syd Mead and Ralph McQuarrie. The book is beautifully printed, with lush colorful pages that bring Berkey's paintings to life. I recommend you purchase this book-it will take you on a fantastical journey you will want to come back to time and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent artwork 25 Aug 2006
By Todd Groves - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I used to think of John Berkey as just a sci-fi artist. But after viewing this book its clear Berkey is quite simply an excellent artist on all levels. What I find masterful about his work is that upon close viewing you see that he uses simple brush strokes for his approach. Yet, when viewed from a distance his art appears as detailed as any photograph I've seen. This is what it means to be a true artist: Being able to convey a clearly conceived and well-executed idea while maintaining an original sense of style and technique. Mr Berkey's work should be viewed by all, whether sci-fi fan or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing artist 24 Jan 2011
By Mountain Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have both of John Berkey's books in my library (though my daughter seems to have acquired them). He was an outstanding artist who worked entirely with traditional materials. Syd Mead, no less, once stated that John Berkey and Michelangelo were his favorite artists (that's quite a complement). If you the reader should come upon this book and have any interest in art, space illustration or just creativity for it's own sake, I highly recommend this to you. Unfortunately, he's no longer with us, but his excellence lives on in his work, as shown within.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thin but Powerful Volume 14 May 2013
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
John Berkey ranks as one of my favorite science fiction artists, along with Paul Lehr, among others. Previous reviewers have given more than adquate descriptions of this book, and I'm happy to have picked up a copy on eBay for rather less than the current asking prices on Amazon. Berkey's evocation of machinery and movement is a joy to behold, and this book treats realms of his artistic endeavor beyond sf. Marvelous and its many synonyms are perhaps not sufficient to describe the volume; all I can say is, keep watching the skies -- er, I mean eBay....
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book! 7 Jan 2013
By Barbara Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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John Berkey is an amazing artist and the book displays his artwork and his biography, Anyone who ius an art lover or a lover of John Berkey will love this book,. I highly recomment it.
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