- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Artist's and Photographers' Press Ltd (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904332102
- ISBN-13: 978-1904332107
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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The Chesley Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: A Retrospective Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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Like many other professional fellowships, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) gives out best-of-the-year awards in several categories. At first, they were called the ASFA Awards, but the year after their first bestowal, Chesley Bonestell (1888-1986) died. When next awarded in 1987, they were renamed in honor of that artist, whose breathtaking, realistic paintings of space exploration (see Ron Miller's Art of Chesley Bonestell, 2001) inspired plenty of artists as well as future astronauts. This album showcases most of the Chesley winners through 2002, including, most importantly, perhaps, small portfolios of the overall Achievement Award winners' work. This strain of illustrative art--most of it done for books and magazines--represents the last and, fortunately, probably permanent stand of romantic realism. In it, color is rich and luscious, lineation is varied and intricate, masses are bold and tactile, composition and perspective are dramatic and imposing. It descends from eighteenth-century history painting, through Ingres and Delacroix and the Hudson River Valley and Brandywine schools of American painters. It aims to stun, rarely fails, and at the hands of the latest Achievement Award winner, Donato Giancola, it just gets more stunning. No collection with sf and fantasy in it should make do without it. Ray Olson
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I am delighted to have this book in my collection. The International Assoc. of SFF Art voted these works the best for good reason. It brings back 20 years of amazing memorys of science fiction-fantasy art and fandom and I will never lend this one out! It is no wonder that I have given several of these books as gifts already!
There are a few images whose reproduction seems to have come from damaged originals. For example, I have seen some of the Frazetta originals in his museum and the overall condition of some of the paintings are lacking, and apparently the authors used photo images of those originals, as a result the original's pre-existing damage shows. It is a shame that better images cannot be found. I am surprised that they did include as much of the Frazetta collection as they did knowing the "difficult" Frazetta reputation for dealing with publications.
If you want a wonderfully comprehensive collection of some of the world's very best sci-fi/fantasy art, THIS is it. It is a must to go along with all those great Spectrums (to be honest, I have to say I would keep this above all others if I had to choose). Thank you to Mr.Grant and Ms.Humphrey for all their hard work!