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Michael Whelan

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Michael Whelan

American artist of imaginative realism add

Category: Literature

Born in 1950.

Countries: United States (50%), California (25%), Connecticut (13%)

Main connections: Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, California

Linked to: Art Center College of Design, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Penguin Group, Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame




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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 add something


Michael Whelan was born in 1950 add something


By his final year of high school, his family had moved again, to San Jose, California where he graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1968 add something


In 1974 Whelan exhibited his work at the World Science Fiction Convention in Washington, D.C., where it was seen by Thomas Schl├╝ck, who first discovered his work and contracted to use it in European publications shortly afterwards add something


In 1975, he moved to Connecticut to be near the New York City hub of the publishing industry add something


Mr. Adams graciously called the art director of Ace Books and paved the way for his first assignment at Ace. He painted the cover illustrations for ten books published during 1975, eight from DAW and two Ace reprints of early Darkover novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley add something


Quick to take advantage of these opportunities, Whelan soon gained a reputation as a talented, imaginative, and dependable cover artist, working for science fiction and fantasy publishers such as DAW, Del Rey, and Ace. Whelan credits the 1978 publication of Anne McCaffrey's best-selling "The White Dragon" featuring his cover art as a turning point in his career add something


Whelan won his first Hugo award for Best Professional Artist in 1980 at the World Science Fiction Convention in Boston add something


Stephen King - In 1982, the fantasy small-press Donald M. Grant printed these stories for the first time together in hardcover form with color and black-and-white illustrations by fantasy artist Michael Whelan, as The Gunslinger.


In the early 1990s, Whelan began devoting more time to his personal visions, uncommissioned gallery works add something


He went on to win the next Hugos, and at the 50th Worldcon in 1992 was voted the best professional artist of the last 50 years add something


In 1997, he held his first one man art show at Tree's Place in Orleans, MA. The success of that show led to another in 1999 and his eventual semi-retirement from illustration add something


Whelan's time near White Sands and Vandenberg Air Force Base proved a lasting influence; in a 2000 interview, he noted that "living near to missile launching sites and Air Force bases had an impact add something


Larger versions of his artwork were featured in the album's 2002 special edition release add something


As of 2010 he has won fifteen Hugos add something


Todd McCaffrey - Todd attended DragonCon in Atlanta , where the 2011 Artist Guest of Honor was Michael Whelan, creator of cover art for some early Pern books including "The White Dragon"


In 2015, "The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror", which feature Whelan's illustrations, was published by St. Martin's Press add something