This does not combine his finest work, but
simply things I still have in my possession. For the most part
are examples of commercial work he did over the years. There are
paintings yet to be added, which will detail some of the better
of his gallery art. Dad died in 1969, at 68, and had been a commercial
artist all his life. Most of the time he worked for the motion picture
industry, first in San Francisco, for Fox West Coast Theaters, then in
Hollywood, for Pacific Title, which did the screen credit and titles
many motion pictures. During this time he did some science fiction
covers on a freelance basis, mainly to please his son, a fanatic sci-fi
fan at that time. Years later, when he retired, he did quite a few
book covers--many for my own books. Along with all this commercial work
there was the more serious art, little of which I still have. Some
of his art are shown on this page.
This is a large painting done
especially for me, and was designed
to create an image that fit my personal tastes. But the arches are
on a sci-fi cover he did for The
Magazine of Fantasy & Science
This is a pen and ink drawing dad did many years ago, I don't know
But I found it in his collection of art. We especially loved this
and have used it for Christmas Cards. It is a very small drawing, which
hangs in or back room.
A series of
silk screen pictures (twelve in all) were designed
from a basic concept I suggested. The background was painted in spackle
and then photo printed on a selected paper; then the silk screened
and colors were added. They sold in the thousands, I understand. The
silk screen runs were done by myself; though the later ones were
by an outside production company. This was back in the mid-fifties,
Dad was developing a short lived business doing this kind of art for
is a picture
which was done by dad in a very rapid, burst
I don't know if he used a some picture to work from or designed it out
of his head; but (other than the background) it was done in about 15
One our a pride and joys. Again, a very small picture around 7x10" in
size. I have used it as a logo for Haldolen
[which is, realistically, basically a personalized illusion for my own
egomania]. But the picture itself, I think, looks great and I've
also used it several places on my website as a standard representation
of the kind of style and image is meant by Haldolen - which is, in
reality, a land mass which was located in the Pacific Ocean some
32,000 years ago , according to my book Swordmen of Vistar.
[It is possible to get the final release of this book, which
contains an Epilog which had never existed in the pocketbook edition -
and which completes the story of Thoris of Haldolen, at Fictionwise.com.
is a sketch dad did
apparently for developing as a mass
picture.I don't think anything came of it, other than ending up in his
files, for that's where I found it. While it is rough,
there is a
charm about it; and in a way this is very much his style of painting,
free--creative by letting accidental effects stay put.
MOTION PICTURE ART:
HERE IS A SET OF PICTURES WHICH WERE SKETCHES
FOR MOTION PICTURE TITLE BACKGROUNDS.
I don't know if they were ever
I found them in Dad's files.
THESE ARE COVERS DAD DID FOR A SOME OF MY
is a book I wrote under the name of Alec Rivere' and for
convinced the publisher to have Dad do the cover. It was not
very much, but fans seemed to have liked, and a special house that
post cards used it for one of the cards. It can no be obtained, updated
and revised at Fictionwise.com.
This is the
redesigned ebook cover
This is a
collection of science fiction which I edited for Book
of America, a short lived publisher. This had listed on the cover a Ray
Bradbury story, but it was, by printer's fault, not typeset. I was
shown the book proofs and it was thus released without the Bradbury
in it. But quite a few other famous sci-fi writers had their stories in
the collection, including Asimov, A.E.Van Vogt, Will Ley, Marion Zimmer
Bradley, Fritz Leiber, Fredric Brown, to name only a few.
VISTAR and IMAGES OF TOMORROW were
I did for Powell Sci-Fi. The first was a fantasy-adventure novel, and
other was a collection of my shorter work, combined with a short novel
called "The Ersatz"
which had been published earlier under
name, then later translated in Europe. These two books werethe
last dad did for me. He was quite ill when doing each of them, and was
to die shortly afterwards, just the month before man landed on the moon
in 1969. I especially liked the cover for Images of Tomorrow Images.
DREAMER OF TOMORROW
This is based on
an article published in Vertex Magazine of
fiction, by Charles Nuetzel *
Albert Augustus Nuetzel (extra "l" was
balance th "N" when signing a painting for covers) was a full-time
artist. Unlike many sci-fi artists, who start as fans, breaking into
adn cover art in order to work their way into higher paying markets,
entered the field later in life, more as a side-line to please me.
The surprising fact is that Dad wasn't a
buff. He considered the idea of space travel to be the stuff of dreams,
fantasy--it would never happen in his life-time, or in a hundred
ever! Yet he lived to see man reaching into space.
Art was a serious business to Dad. He
a person should use his creative abilities to express beauty, offering
something to others--not just to artists and a few select
make money doing so!
But even though committed completely
to this concept, he enjoyed painting pictures which people could hang
their walls. To quote him:
compliment which can be given a true artist is when a person is willing
to pay hard cash in order to own a painting--a creative product--which
was formed from colors, brush and canvas out of the feeling and
in his own being--mind."
In the beginning years he developed his
art abilities, while making a living doing commercial art; and only
retirement did most of his efforts go to painting for galleries.
Dad was born in 1901, Jan. 18, and
somme 68 years later, mere weeks before Man landed on the Moon. At an
age his family brought him to California, where he spent the rest of
life. While working for his father, as a teenager, Dad went to art
school at night, learning the fundmentals of his craft. In Los Angeles,
on June 27, 1931, he married Betty Jane Stockberger, daughter of a
In San Francisco he worked for Fox West
Theaters, making oil paintings to be hung in the lobbies as "ads" for
current film playing at the theater--now they use printed posters for
During his free time he painted gallery art, and had showings in San
did movie ads for newspapers and designed a series of small pamplets
the California Missons. But beyond that and a few "faked" hard-cover
done late for motion picture title backgrounds (screen credits) he had
little to prepare himself for magazine covers. In the early 40's he
back to Los Angeles and worked for Pacific Title, where he did a lot of
work for the movie industry.
In the early fifties Dad did some
in sci-fi cover art, and the four black & white reproductions shown
here [taken from the magazine layout for the Vertex article], are prime
examples of the kind of work he did in those years for magazines.
In the last months of his life we were
inputting together pocket books for publishers. There would have been
least 12 Nuetzell covers--the line was dropped after a year--if Dad's
hadn't aborted his efforts after the third book. Our concept was, at
time, to do large oil paintings (wrap-around covers--actually
art to hang), the originals to begiven to the authors.
the first magazine sale and last pocket book cover he managed to
around 40 covers. When he started sci-fi work,
in the early 50's, it
considered impossible to break into the New York market from the West
But he managed. By the mid 50's Dad was getting assingments from such
as Famous Monsters of Filmland, Amazing Stories, Fantastic Stories,
Fantasy & Science Fiction--along with many pocket book
To me, personally, the final painting my
did--for my book Images of Tomorrow--combines both his
and artistic talents in the very finest level. It was my personal
and I have the original hanging in my home. It was a final statement--a
perfect combination of what he stood for as an artist. It said it
*The four black & whites pictures
within the context of this article are pictures sold to magazines. The
first was his first sale to Science Stories, the second and forth were
sold to Ziff-Davis for their sci-fi magazines Amazing Stories and
Stories, the third painting was published as a cover on Fantasty &
Science Fiction. The last one I had designed totally, in concept,
offering the scarp necessary to help him put the images together. I
therefore, kinda liked that one.
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