- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Paper Tiger (May 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1855856786
- ISBN-13: 978-1855856783
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,638,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Transluminal: The Paintings of Jim Burns Paperback – May, 2000
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Like Chris Moore, his attention to detail is astonishing. Every part of the picture is treated with equal importance. (I love the way he paints every blade of grass, every little pebble and every single leaf in his backgrounds.)
I have to confess, a lot of the SF books I have read were bought simply because Jim Burns did the cover. It's interesting to note that Burns was among many artists influenced by the British 1950s comic "Eagle", which featured the hugely popular story "Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future". When "Eagle" resurfaced in the 1980s I grew up reading this comic too.
I'm currently in my second year at art college. I'm a little wary of admitting that I like SF art because a lot of lecturers tend to look down on it. Maybe they believe it's too commercial. But at home this is the sort of art I like to do. Futuristic architecture especially.
Looking at Jim Burns' detailed paintings, you wonder if he suffers much from eyestrain. In the beginning of the book he mentions "airbrush thumb". Sitting at a keyboard might not be so comfortable either. Every artist has their cross to bear. With this book you could spend hours looking at just one painting.
Perhaps in the future, centuries from now, people will look at Jim Burns' work the way we look at the work of Hieronymous Bosch.
Sure I was among those who thought, this guy is incredible as far as technique goes, but as I look around at art that speaks to me on many different levels, Jim Burns art is closer to surface foofy. And if you look at the women they are cold, distant, mean or sex objects entirely.
But of course the publishers since SF began have allowed this stereotype to punish the readers of SF. It is high time for a change. There are many SF writers who are women, it is about time to allow women to do the illustrations and give women a place in SF that is more then sex objects.
Burns does not enthuse me as he did years ago, I prefer the illustrators who give women intelligence and thought.