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John Berkey passed away last night, after a long illness. I wish I had the eloquence to say say what Berkey has done for SF art as a genre and illustration as whole. Taking a look at these boards, and others like them, it is clear that he is a direct influence on what is going on right this minute with today's young artists...It's as if the art world has just caught up with him.
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John Berkey has been a favorite of mine since before I even knew who he was. His cover of "Our Universe" captivated me beyond words as a child. Its kinda weird, but over the last couple of days I've been going around the web making a folder of his paintings for study...that kinda freaks me out alittle.
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ouch. what a loss. may he rest in peace.-c36
may he chill out on the front deck of a galactic cruiser...
check the Tensai Tokyo Sketch Thread (Sketchbook)
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Originally Posted by strych9ine
The man who proved that science fiction could be fine art. He will be sorely missed.
At least Icarus tried!
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He was certainly one of the greats. Rest in peace.
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his analog covers may be why i got interested in art.
he will be sorely missed ...its a cliche but he was a true original
sad sad news.
Last edited by kingshaj; May 1st, 2008 at 04:25 PM.
Sad day indeed.
One of my all time favorite books. I used to stare at that thing for hours at my grandparents house.John Berkey has been a favorite of mine since before I even knew who he was. His cover of "Our Universe" captivated me beyond words as a child.
Last edited by Jasonwclark; May 2nd, 2008 at 08:03 PM.
I missed this thread
I think I'd rather I hadn't have seen it. Too many icons falling away lately, it seems.
loved his work...
i remember getting some big book that was an atlas to space, it had his work on the cover i believe and really fueled a ton of my youth's imagination.