Mar 1 2010 3:43pm

Robert McCall

Robert McCall

I am sorry to hear that Robert McCall, 90, has passed away. I don’t think there is a popular artist more intimately connected with NASA and space exploration as McCall. Looking at his work you cannot help but to think that common-place space travel should be both wondrous and possible. He has influenced and inspired millions throughout his lengthy career with his documentary paintings, film concept art (including 2001: A Space Odyssey), postal stamps, and museum murals.

Robert McCall“One of the joys of being an artist is the freedom to create one’s own world.... Like the real world, these excursions of the imagination are fraught with inaccuracies of perception—it is rare that one glimpses through the veil of time even a hint of tomorrow’s reality—nor does it seem important to me whether one’s perceptions are right or wrong, the pleasure is in making the predictions and doing the work.”

— Robert McCall

Take some time to visit McCall’s work on his comprehensive website. You’ll be glad you did.

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Greg Manchess
1. Greg Manchess
McCall could take the coldness of space and imbue it with so much star-shine that the paintings could project the feeling of working and living in space.

I can never get over how much he gets away with, and how much information and emotion are packed into a piece.

As a kid, I used to stare at the poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey with all the same wonder I got from the film. They didn't match, but it didn't matter.

I will always look at his work with child-like awe.

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