Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Whelan, Michael

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(1950-    ) Remarkably popular award-winning US artist and illustrator whose attractively coloured, somewhat languid paintings have consistently attracted the highest accolades. MW began painting covers in 1974, his most successful early works being for reissues of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom series and Michael Moorcock's Elric books. He exhibited his original paintings in New York, and his book Wonderworks (graph 1979) enhanced his reputation. He was awarded the Hugo Award as Best Professional Artist every year 1980-1986 and again in 1988, 1989 and 1991, after which he withdrew from the contest. Other volumes of his work are Michael Whelan's Works of Wonder (graph 1987) – for which he won an extra Hugo – and The Art of Michael Whelan (graph 1993). [RT]

Michael Whelan


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