ART ISSUE #29

*Image: “Visitors Night” by James Warhola, Illustration from Spider Robinson’s famous Callahan’s series, Oil on canvas board

 

James Warhola

Original Illustrations

 

James Warhola was inspired to become an illustrator from a young age from watching his uncle, renowned Pop artist Andy Warhol, illustrate shoes. He started making illustrations for book covers and books because of a strong interest in science-fiction, fantasy, and comics. Warhola says he has been “intrigued by the imagery and writing of far away lands, as well as the strange, the bizarre, and the fantastic.” He primarily illustrates for children’s books.

 

 

"Stranger in a Strange Land" by James Warhola

“Stranger in a Strange Land” by James Warhola, Original illustration for Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein’s science fiction classic, Oil on canvas board

 

"Son of MAD Sucks" by James Warhola, Original illustration for MAD Magazine 1991, Oil on canvas board, Copyright EC Publications

“Son of MAD Sucks” by James Warhola, Original illustration for MAD Magazine 1991, Oil on canvas board, Copyright EC Publications

 

"Neuromancer" by James Warhola, Original illustration for Neuromancer, William Gibson's cyberpunk classic, Oil on canvas board

“Neuromancer” by James Warhola, Original illustration for Neuromancer, William Gibson’s cyberpunk classic, Oil on canvas board

 

"Alien Muggers" by James Warhola, Original illustration for Suicide, Inc. by Ron Goulart, Oil on canvas board, 1992

“Alien Muggers” by James Warhola, Original illustration for Suicide, Inc. by Ron Goulart, Oil on canvas board, 1992

 

"Homunculus" by James Warhola, Original illustration for Homunculus, James P. Blaylock's steampunk classic, Oil on canvas board

“Homunculus” by James Warhola, Original illustration for Homunculus, James P. Blaylock’s steampunk classic, Oil on canvas board

 

"The Magic Shop" by James Warhola, Oil on canvas board, 1985

“The Magic Shop” by James Warhola, Oil on canvas board, 1985

 

"Uncle Andy's" cover by James Warhola, Original illustration for Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol, Watercolor on paper, 2001

“Uncle Andy’s” cover by James Warhola, Original illustration for Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol by James Warhola, Watercolor on paper, 2001

 

"Uncle Andy at the door" by James Warhola, Original illustration for Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol, Watercolor on paper, 2001

“Uncle Andy at the door” by James Warhola, Original illustration for Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol by James Warhola, Watercolor on paper, 2001

 

"Drawing in Junkyard" by James Warhola, Original illustration for Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol by James Warhola, Watercolor on paper, 2001

“Drawing in Junkyard” by James Warhola, Original illustration for Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol by James Warhola, Watercolor on paper, 2001

 

"Bubba the Cowboy Prince" by James Warhola, Original illustration for Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman, Watercolor on paper, 1997

“Bubba the Cowboy Prince” by James Warhola, Original illustration for Bubba the Cowboy Prince: A Fractured Texas Tale by Helen Ketteman, Watercolor on paper, 1997

 

"bigDog" by James Warhola, Original illustration for The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen, Watercolor on paper, 1991

“The Tinderbox” by James Warhola, Original illustration for The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen, Watercolor on paper, 1991

 

 

 

James Warhola

James Warhola was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1955. A large influence during his childhood was his artistic family, especially his famous uncle, Pop artist-Andy Warhol. From an early age of watching his uncle illustrate shoes, James wanted to be an illustrator. Like his uncle, he attended the famous Tam O’ Shanter art classes and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977. A move to New York City allowed him to hone his painting skills at the prestigious Art Students League and to freelance illustration and design work. He established himself as a highly sought after talent, illustrating over 300 book covers for the most popular writers of the day. He has since illustrated over 30 books, several of which he has written, as well. Warhola has been featured nationally on NPR’s Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air. He splits his time between the Hudson Valley of New York and Baltimore, Maryland.

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