John Jude Palencar
Artist and Illustrator, 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-ï¬ve 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 five Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) including the award for “Artistic Achievement” presented at the World Fantasy Convention held in Yokohama, Japan. The Society of Illustrators recently honored John with the Hamilton King Award for outstanding mid-career achievement. His work has appeared on hundreds of book covers in over thirty countries for such renowned authors as H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, P.D. James, Charles deLint, Octavia Butler, David Brin and Stephen King to name a few. New York Times Best Selling author, Christopher Paolini named Eragon’s birthplace “Palancar Valley”, after John.) He has also created illustrations for Time Magazine, Smithsonian, Magazine, National Geographic Magazine and Nat. Geo. Television, The Opera Company of Philadelphia has 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 continues to create new work and has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Palencar has been invited to lecture and serve as an artist in residence at several colleges and universities across the country. He has also been the “Artist in Residence” at the Cill Rialaig Art Project in County Kerry, Ireland. Origins - The Art of John Jude Palencar, published by Underwood Books is a sumptuous tribute and collection of his book covers and personal works.
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