-By John Jude Palencar
There is a Phil Hale interview over at Sidebar Nation. Phil is one of my favorite illustrators and now an emerging force in the fine arts. Sidebar was started by two crazy art dudes, Swain and Dwight… think of Garth and Wayne from Wayne’s World but with art.
Phil Hale Interview link (Downloadable MP3 link on this page)
Addendum page with Phil’s work
John Jude Palencar is a rarity among modern artists, mixing meticulous technique reminiscent of the old masters with a soaring, darkly surreal imagination. There are touches of Bosch and Da Vinci in his visual allegories of netherworld landscapes and doomed characters.
For more than twenty-five years, he has created book covers and received honors for his contributions to the field of illustration including Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators, two Gold Book Awards from Spectrum, and four Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA). Most recently John was presented the award for “Artistic Achievement” by ASFA at the World Fantasy Convention held in Yokohama, Japan.
His work has appeared on hundreds of book covers in over thirty countries for authors such as H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, P.D. James, Charles deLint, David Brin and Stephen King. Recently, his cover paintings for Eragon and Eldest, by Christopher Paolini, have appeared on the New York Times Children’s Best Seller List. (Paolini named Eragon’s birthplace “Palancar Valley” after John.)
Time, Smithsonian, and National Geographic Magazine, and the Philadelphia Opera have employed his illustrative talents for their publications and productions. Palencar has also worked on entertainment projects for Lucas Arts, Paramount Pictures and Vivendi Universal.
He enjoys an on-going artist-in-residence program in County Kerry, Ireland, where his personal paintings were included in a special exhibit entitled, “Images of Ireland” held at the National Museum in Dublin.
He continues to create new work and has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Occasionally John is invited to lecture and serve as an artist-in-residence at colleges and universities across the country.
He resides in northeastern Ohio with his wife, Lee, and two sons, Ian and Kit.
Phil has a painting in the March issue of PLAYBOY illustrating the story “The Orphan Master's Son” by Adam Johnson.
Awesome. wonderful podcast, wonderful artist
Thanks John, we are fans of yours as well, “WAYNES WORLD”? Excellent!
Thanks Swain or should I say – Wayne! I listen to your Podcasts all the time…. got a kick out of the “we're not worthy” mindset when you guys were interviewing Drew Srtuzan.
Arnie, Playboy has naked girls in it.
I knew they were under my bed for a reason.
Would being under the bed make the naked ladies Dust Bunnies?
Dust Bunnies… Ha! Drum roll and rimshot!
I give up!