Mastery and Power

Monday May 10th 2010, 5:16 pm

Well I’m sure many of you have heard the news that Frank Frazetta has passed away, truly sad. There was no other fantasy artist who could paint quite in the same way as him. His work has the same vitality as many of the great renaissance painters, only with brooding barbarians and mysterious captivating women rather than religious iconography.

My first exposure to his work was with his Conan covers, which I’m sure many of you discovered him in the same way. It was his images that really got me to pick up a Robert E, Howard book when I was younger, which forever immersed me into a loving relationship with great fantasy authors. There have been many artists to tackle Howard’s most famous character but no one quite did it like Frank. There was something visceral about it that really made the character become real on a visual level.

There just isn’t enough of Frazetta’s art in the world to satisfy anyone. I truly wish we could have more.

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The world just got a little less vital. RIP Frank.

Comment by Karl 05.11.10 @ 1:29 am

Visiting his museum last year and also seeing his comic book interior work was one of the biggest highlights of my life. Thank you for the tremendous work, Frank, rest in peace.

Comment by Craig 05.11.10 @ 12:50 pm

Gosh, first Frank Frazetta and now I just read that Al Williamson passed away. Two amazing artists. Rest In Peace.

Comment by Pam 06.15.10 @ 6:16 am

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