Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Artist John Schoenherr Dies

Artist John Schoenherr, 74, died April 8, 2010 in New Jersey.

John Carl Schoenherr was born July 5, 1935 in New York City. He became a full-time freelance artist shortly after his graduation from the Pratt Institute in 1956, and did hundreds of illustrations for SF magazines, including Astounding/Analog, Amazing, Fantastic, Infinity, and F&SF. He was the principle cover artist for Astounding/Analog in the late '50s and '60s, and was nominated for eleven Hugo Awards from 1962-1975, winning in 1965. He also won a 1988 Caldecott Medal for his work on Owl Moon, written by Jane Yolen, and wrote and illustrated a handful of children's books on his own.

I remember Schoenherr from his magazine appearances and the cover of DUNE by Frank Herbert. I can't be positive it was the cover on the original edition or not, but it is on the cover of the SFBC I picked up in the late 60s or early 70s.

He had a beautiful sense of color and style that was an inspiration, in my opinion, to Jack Gaughan and other artists of the 70s and 80s.

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