Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Farewell Frank Frazetta

I just learned of the passing of the wonderful artist Frank Frazetta.










As a child, I received a puzzle for my birthday of Frazetta's "Death Dealer." I remember putting it together and pouring over every detail.








A short time later, I came across a Frank Frazetta game (which I still have to this day) and begged my Mom to buy it for me. I don't remember how to play, but the game revolved around cardboard blocks of Frazetta's paintings. I would stare at them for hours and imagine amazing stories and adventures that went along with each image.



As I grew older, I found Frazetta's works on album covers, books, magazines and film. His women were voluptuous, his imagination was boundless and his artistic style was unique (and has been copied by so many.) His work inspired me as a writer.



I say a melancholy farewell to a huge inspiration in my life and ask God to provide peace and comfort to his family. Goodbye Frank Frazetta, you will truly be missed.


34 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

Wow, I recognize almost every one of these paintings. At first I thought it might be from old D&D rule books or something but then I looked him up and it turns out I probably saw him most in the Conan comics.

What a sad loss, thanks for sharing Alex.

ggray said...

What a pity. He was a trailblazer in the fantasy art field. And the first one I was exposed to when one of my friends discovered his work. Thank goodness he has inspired so many younger artists.

Eternally Distracted said...

I recognised the painting but didn't know the artist name... nice tribute.

Will Burke said...

I can totally see why he'd inspire writers, fantastic moments-in-time that sets the imagination flowing!

Tara said...

It's amazing to find an inspiration so young - and to have it remain so long with you.

DEZMOND said...

Yes, he truly was an inspiration with his power to transfer us into exotic imaginary worlds of musclebound heroes and scantily dressed damsels in which honour, bravery, lust, love and adventure were very vivid and seductive. I loved the work he did in CONAN and in JOHN CARTER OF MARS, and I hope that both of the upcoming movies will follow his visual style. I shal remember Frazetta as the visual master genius who always knew how to prepare a stunning feast for our eyes.
I often used his paintings and drawings as illustrations in HOLLYWOOD SPY, and I will continue doing that.

Palindrome said...

I love his work! That's so sad. RIP. Paint it up on the other side, Frank!

Ocean Girl said...

He must had been a pioneer that inspired followers.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Thanks for sharing Alex, indeed a sad loss.

Yvonne.

KarenG said...

What a loss. Wow. This art is incredible. Thanks for sharing.

Julie Dao said...

This art is so lovely and inspiring. Thanks for sharing and R.I.P. Frank Frazetta.

Laura Marcella said...

So sad :( The world will miss his art. My dad admired Frank Frazetta and Michael Whelan's work. Frazetta obviously influenced Whelan, though!

B. Miller said...

What sad news. I loved the pieces you posted, especially the one with the polar bears. Very cool! The fantasy art world has lost a champion.

Lydia Kang said...

So sad. The paintings are spectacular. Thanks for posting. What a terrible loss.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Frazetta is one of those artists everyone has seen, even if they didn't realize it at the time.
It just seems as if he's been around forever - and now he's gone.

Laura, Whelan is a great artist as well.

Beth said...

Awesome tribute, Alex! I'm not familiar with his work but I like what I see here.

Talli Roland said...

I've never heard of him but I can see by his art that he's a great artist. Thanks for sharing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Saw that on the nest this morning. Such a loss!

Helen Ginger said...

Wow, even I recognized a couple of the pictures you showed. He really was fabulous.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Jemi Fraser said...

That artwork is fabulous - so sad to hear of his passing :)

cassandrajade said...

Some beautiful work. Thanks for sharing with us. It is sad to know that he isn't with us anymore.

Carol Fleisher said...

I didn't know the artist name till now. He will be missed. Great post.

Southpaw said...

His art is so beautiful. He will be missed.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

His work has appeared so many places...

Ellie said...

Work his work has so much appeal; Really amazing! Thanks for visiting me~ Sorry to hear of his passing~

Mr. Stupid said...

Wow. These are amazing. I recognized one of them but never knew it was by him! A terrible loss...

Have a good day, Alex!:)

Jamie Gibbs said...

A very nice tribute to him. Like a lot of people here, I recognised the works instantly but didn't know the artist. It's a shame I came to knew who he was only after his death though. Awesome art.

B. Miller said...

Hey Alex! I gave you an award on my blog today. Hope you get a chance to check it out!

Stephen Tremp said...

The guy was a real talent. I understand pouring over every detail. I used to do that with Yes albums back in the day.

The Old Silly said...

Awesome artist and will definitely be missed...

arlee bird said...

Many years ago I rented a decrepit apartment in Richmond, VA where some previous tenant had started to recreate a wall mural based on one of Frazetta's illustrations. It was mostly drawn and partially painted in, but the artist had never gotten around to painting most of the colors in and the landlord either liked it well enough to leave it or more likely just didn't want to repaint the walls.

Lee
May 17th FIFTEEN FANTASY ISLAND FAVORITES

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Stephen, we understand each other.

Arlee, did you take a picture of it?

arlee bird said...

No I didn't take a picture of it-- wish I had several pictures of that nasty apartment. I don't think I even owned a camera back then. It was in 1980 and money was very tight at the time.

Lee

kanishk said...

What a pity.
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