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