100 Illustrators that all Illustrators should know: #31
Virgil Finlay (1914-1971)
Country: United States
Famous for: Pulp Art, Horror Stories, Sci-Fi Stories, Lovecraft stories
Influenced: Jean “Moebius Giraud, Pulp Art, Comic Art, Richard Corben, Bernie Wrightson, John Schoenherr
Influenced by: Joseph Clement-Coll, Maxfield Parrish, Franklin Booth, Gustave Doré, Henry Fuselli
Virgil Finlay was a prominent American pulp artist, famous for his work that appeared in the sci-fi and horror pulp magazine, Weird Tales. Among the stories he illustrated were by such authors as Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and more. He is well-known for his use of line, as well as stippling, done in the vein of engravers like Gustave Doré. Among his awards are the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, Best Interior Illustrator, as well as being inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2012.
Amsterdam-based collage artist Handiedan recently visited Berlin to add her contribution to Urban Nation’s Project M, arguably one of the coolest buildings in the German capital. The arts organization has been inviting artists to create window installations and large-scale murals (see our coverage of Eine’s recent piece there) and Handiedan recently made her mark on the multi-story facade with an enormous, wheat-pasted mural. While her typical work consists of smaller-scale, textured collages of vintage pin-up girls with baroque flourishes, she seamlessly adapted this style to a larger format. Check out her piece and stay tuned for more coverage of her upcoming solo show “Vesica Pisces,” opening at Seattle’s Roq La Rue this Thursday.