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Artist Guest of Honor, Michael Whelan
Cover Artist for A Memory of Light
Since 1976, Michael Whelan has been one of the world's premier fantasy and science fiction artists, and the first living artist to be inducted into the SF Hall of Fame. He currently devotes most of his time to his gallery paintings, but during his career he has created more than 350 book and album covers for authors and artists like Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, the Jacksons, Sepultura, and MeatLoaf. His clients have included every major U.S. book publisher, in addition to such diverse companies as National Geographic, CBS Records, and The Franklin Mint. Fans, of course, will know him for his stirring artwork for A Memory of Light, the final book of The Wheel of Time, as well as Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings.
A graduate of San Jose State University with a B.A. in Painting and a President's Scholar, Michael Whelan went on to attend the prestigious Art Center College of Design also in California, but he dropped out to accept his first book cover assignment. The most honored artist in his field, Whelan has won an unprecedented 15 Hugo Awards (Science Fiction's Oscar), three World Fantasy Awards, and the SuperHugo as the Best Artist of the last 50 years. In 2009 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle, WA, as the first living artist to be named to the small but highly distinguished company, which includes such luminaries as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Steven Spielberg, Rod Serling, and Ursula K. Le Guin. The readers of LOCUS magazine (for SF insiders) have named him Best Professional Artist 28 times in their annual poll, including 2010. In addition to countless Best of Show and Best Artist Awards from SF and Fantasy conventions and regional art shows, Michael was named a Grand Master by the Spectrum Annual of the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. His other awards include a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Vargas Award, and a Grumbacher Gold Medal.
Michael has had four art books published as well as numerous limited edition prints, posters, calendars, and licensed products such as greeting cards, t-shirts and sculptures. He is a member of the Graphic Artists Guild and the Society of Illustrators in New York City, and he is an Adviser to the Masters in Fine Arts program at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut.
The stunning color and composition of Michael Whelan's illustrations and his dedication to bringing an author's words to life have brought him fans throughout the world. Now that he is devoting all his time to his own visions, he has found many new collectors in the fine art world. His "gallery" paintings of his personal work are still infused with his signature "sense of wonder," but they are rich in symbolism and offer many layers of meaning to be explored.
You can visit Michael Whelan's website at: www.MichaelWhelan.com