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Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art by Joe Haldeman, Karen Haber

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DON MAITZ
“No one teacher is likely to teach you everything you need
to know. You can learn a lot just walking through a museum
or reading a book that interests you. Teachers save you time,
and help you avoid misjudgments. But your best teacher
is personal experience.”
Don Maitz knows his way around a color wheel. The artist
uses color as the vehicle for his powerful effects, pushing
the contrasts, the complements, and the tonality until his
paintings don’t merely speak—they sing.
In addition to beautiful color, Maitz’s award-winning
science ction and fantasy work is distinctive for its high
energy, sly wit, and wealth of detail. Says the artist: “The
challenge is always to bring out intangible things such as
pride, adventure, happiness, mistrust, greed, or sorrow
through imagery.”
While Maitz’s fantasy work is known for its hard-edged
attention to realistic detail, paradoxically, the artist often
takes a softer approach in his science ction paintings,
indulging in painterly effects while keeping the hardware
in focus.
Maitz was drawn to fantastic art by a love of literature.
Like many artists, he began drawing as a kid, copying
comic book panels to see if he could improve upon them.
He later attended the Paier School of Art in Connecticut.
Escape from Below. Oil on Masonite. One of Maitz’s favorite color techniques,
luminosity, is showcased in this science fiction work where the artist pushes
the complementary color relationships and contrast, intensifying their impact.
Lonestar 2. Acrylic on Masonite. The artist uses color to direct the viewer’s eye to his subjects jetting along in space in an affectionate tribute to science fiction
pulp art. This painting was commissioned as the cover of the convention program for the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in 2007.
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