Inspiring Art: Ernest Chiriacka

Ernest Chiriacka Offers a masterclass in telling a story with just one image

Ernest Chiriacka Offers a masterclass in telling a story with just one image

Ernest Chiriacka (1913-­2010) is internationally known as an impressionistic painter of dramatic Western moods and the American landscape. He is one of few fine artists that successfully made the leap from illustration, leaving behind a large commercial legacy including pulp covers, pin­ups for Esquire, movie posters, and illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, and Argosy.

Art by Ernest ChiriackaArt by Ernest Chiriacka

Art by Ernest Chiriacka

I think you’ll agree his pulp work is amazing, but his work as a fine artist, particularly his Western-inspired art, is stunning.

Western art by Ernest Chiriacka

There’s a useful bio and wonderful images spanning many areas of his work here, posted on the Casweck Galleries web site, who also offer prints of his work here in partnership with Rageon.

The brilliant Today’s Inspiration blog paid tribute to him on his passing in 2010 here (an article that includes links to other features on the same site) and there’s also a smashing album of his book covers here on Flickr

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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