An Exclusive Documentary Presentation and Gallery of Ralph McQuarrie
Exclusive Documentary Presentation
The 2011 CTN Animation Expo is proud to feature the first public screening of Ralph McQuarrie: Illustrator, an 80-minuute interview with the man who inspired a generation with his visionary contributions to the George Lucas’ Star Wars Trilogy.
In this exclusive interview, you’ll hear Ralph describe how he became connected with the most popular film series of all time, and how that led to additional film projects. He also speaks of his life and work up to and following his award-winning career as a conceptual artist, including creating technical illustrations for parts catalogs at Boeing, painting animation cels for television coverage of the Apollo space missions, and creating dozens of movie posters and science-fiction book covers.”
Ralph McQuarrie Gallery on site at the eXpo. Includes never before seen original artwork with prints and books available to purchase. To best represent the depth and growth of this great artist the artwork in the gallery will change daily.
Ralph McQuarrie is one of the most influential concept artists of the past 30 years.
Though he started his career as a technical illustrator at companies like Boeing and Litton Industries, a series of paintings Ralph created for an unmade science fiction project brought him to the attention of a young George Lucas. In November 1974, Lucas hired McQuarrie to provide a series of paintings to help illustrate the scope of his Star Wars screenplay. Not only did those paintings serve their purpose, they went on to provide the foundation upon which a great number of original Star Wars characters, locations and vehicles would be based.
In addition to his unforgettable contributions to Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Ralph went on to design spaceships for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. His other film work includes Cocoon (for which he won an Academy Award), *batteries not included, Nightbreed, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Outside of his film work, Ralph painted numerous movie posters for producer Charles B. Pierce, and dozens of science fiction book covers (including the original Star Wars novelization in 1976) for Ballantine/Del Rey. Ralph also provided a number of illustrations for Byron Preiss Visual Publications, including illustrations for two Isaac Asimov collections, Robot Dreams and Robot Visions. Asimov, whose story “Robot Dreams” was inspired by McQuarrie’s cover painting, described it as “beautiful, and (it) humanizes a robot in a way I’ve never seen before.”
While Ralph’s Star Wars art has toured the world and has been on display in the Smithsonian Institution, very little of his other work has ever been on public display. Much of it was seen for the first time in The Art of Ralph McQuarrie, a 400-page oversize career-spanning retrospective published by Dreams and Visions Press in 2007.
Ralph lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife Joan. Though retired, his work continues to inspire people around the globe.
The Gallery @ CTNX
Attendees of CTN Animation Expo 2011 will have an extremely rare opportunity to see over a hundred original Ralph McQuarrie drawings and paintings up close and personal. The art spans Ralph’s entire body of work, including preliminary sketches from the Star Wars trilogy, concept illustrations and paintings from his commercial and film projects, original animation cels used to document the Apollo Lunar missions, and much more! The majority of the pieces on display have only been seen by those few who worked with Ralph, and have never been publicly displayed. In order to accommodate as much artwork as possible, pieces will be rotated in and out of the gallery throughout the weekend, making it a can’t-miss destination each day of the show.