Participating Artists - Paul Alexander
Best known for his high-tech illustrations - "one of the top 'gadget' artists currently working in the American paperback market" according to Vincent diFate, 1997), Paul is still 'old school' when it comes to painting - no computers for him!
He was born in 1937 in Richmond, Indiana and graduated from Wittenberg University (Ohio) in 1959, and later from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, California in 1967 - a school known for producing some of the best SF artists in the genre. He is dismayed to discover, while in art school, that - thanks to Television - the Age of the Big Magazine is over. The commercial art business he had planned to enter has evaporated, seemingly overnight, and what print media remain has switched to photography. After a few years spent at architectural firms and then advertising, Paul signs up with Mendola, an artist's rep agency in New York City, who brings his work to the attention of Ace Books. Impressed by his command of hardware and machinery illustration, Ace gives him dozens of SF assignments ... "It's a natural fit," he says, and over the next two decades or so I build something of a national reputation among fans of the genre." His first published cover was for Ace's Best from F&SF anthology, in 1977, and he got many jobs from Ballantine, Fawcett, Del Rey, and Baen. He also created the cover for the first issue of Asimov's Science.
Although Paul became as proficient at illustrating people as he did machines, it's his machines that fans seem to remember best. Paul always works in gouache on illustration board, using handbrush and airbrush. Paul was featured in DiFate's Infinite Worlds: The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art (1997). Paul's work was also selected for Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art Volumes #1-4. While still doing SF art into the 1990s for Baen, most notably David Drake's "Hammer's Slammers" series, and Keith Laumer's "Bolos" series, by the middle of the decade Paul realized that Photoshop has effectively put him back to "square one". He has no use for the "Devil Machine" (aka the computer), and so the commercial part of his art career is behind him, now. He paints for his own enjoyment and occasionally for local church, civic and charitable organizations. He's a member of Mensa, a lover of classical music, a very active Episcopalian, and is a 'rail fan' (and loves painting old trains, too).
Note: Paul Alexander's work will be exhibited at Renovation by Worlds of Wonder. Paul will not be at the convention in person.
To see and purchase Paul's art, contact Jane Frank, Worlds of Wonder, and visit her website at
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