Παρασκευή, 11 Νοεμβρίου 2011

Michael Whelan, epic, horror fantasy

Michael Whelan (1950-) is an American artist of imaginative realism. For more than 30 years he worked as an illustrator specializing in science fiction and fantasy cover art. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Whelan in June 2009, the first living artist so honored. According to his Hall of Fame citation,"Michael Whelan is one of the most important contemporary science fiction and fantasy artists, and certainly the most popular. His work was a dominant force in the transition of genre book covers away from the surrealism introduced in the 1950s and 1960s back to realism."

His paintings have appeared on the covers of more than 350 books and magazines, including many Stephen King novels. Cover art by Michael Whelan has graced many music record albums including The Jacksons' Victory; Sepultura's Beneath the Remains, Arise, Chaos A.D., and Roots; Soulfly's Dark Ages; Obituary's Cause of Death; and every album by the Elric-influenced metal band Cirith Ungol. He painted original works for the covers of Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell and The Very Best of Meat Loaf albums and several of his older paintings illustrate the liner notes of the former. Recently he painted the cover art for thrash metal band Evile's album Infected Nations. He has also illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. Visit his SITE for more illustrations







Some of his album covers illustrations:

Infected Nations (2009) by the English thrash metal band Evile


Sepultura's Chaos AD cover


Sepultura's Arise cover


Cover of the 1980 album, Frost and Fire by Cirith Ungol.

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