Outermost: The Art & Life of Jack Gaughan

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Fantastic imagery, explosive color, and occasionally creepy creations merge together in this elaborate collection of the work of genius artist, Jack Gaughan. Extremely prolific and popular from the 1960s through the 1980s, Gaughan is showcased in this chronicle that is the first to detail the art and life of this master of the science fiction and fantasy genre. Overflowing with samples of work from the artist's personal archives and exploring examples of his working method, this definitive guide provides an ...

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Overview

Fantastic imagery, explosive color, and occasionally creepy creations merge together in this elaborate collection of the work of genius artist, Jack Gaughan. Extremely prolific and popular from the 1960s through the 1980s, Gaughan is showcased in this chronicle that is the first to detail the art and life of this master of the science fiction and fantasy genre. Overflowing with samples of work from the artist's personal archives and exploring examples of his working method, this definitive guide provides an inside look into this four time Hugo Award winner. After his death, the New England Science Fiction Association created the Jack Gaughan Award for best emerging science fiction illustrator.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Between the 1950s and '70s, Jack Gaughan (pronounced "Gone") shaped the look of fantasy and science fiction for readers of countless magazines and mass market paperbacks that bore his artwork. Influenced by pulp masters Virgil Finlay and Hannes Bok (whom he knew personally), Gaughan transcended the fan publishing field, where he first gained traction, to become a regular contributor of interiors and covers for Galaxy, Amazing, If, Fantastic, and other leading SF publications. Though some top editors dismissed his quasi-abstract compositions and cartoonish spot illustrations as "second class," his work articulated a postpulp sensibility that spoke to the realities as well as fantasies of the dawning space age. Ortiz does the same meticulous job he did in his previous books on artists Ed Emshwiller and Lee Brown Coye, illustrating his pithy text with more than 400 color and black-and-white illustrations. Though Gaughan's personal life was fairly ordinary, this book shows that his imagination was vivid, colorful, and deeply steeped in the fantastic. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933065168
  • Publisher: NonStop Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 441,144
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Luis Ortiz is the author of Arts Unknown: The Life & Art of Lee Brown Coye, Cult Magazines: From A to Z, and Emshwiller: Infinity X Two, which was nominated for both the Hugo and Locus awards. His writings have also appeared in Comics Journal, Filmfax, and Illustration Magazine. He lives in New York City.

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