Fri
Nov 19 2010 5:04pm

Rick Berry Wins Society of Illustrators Award for Amanda Palmer’s Cabaret

Rick Berry CabaretThe 2010 Society of Illustrators awards are starting to leak and Rick Berry has received a silver medal for his work on Amanda Palmer’s production of Cabaret. I believe the word is, “Woohoo!”

Rick’s paintings have appeared on countless science fiction, fantasy, and comic books, including Sandman, Stephen King novels, and the first digitally painted book cover for William Gibson’s Necromancer. Over the years Rick has split his time between illustration, galleries, and paintings for theatrical performances. Throughout, his work maintains a sense of otherworldliness,  a searching feeling of almost being there.

Rick Berry CabaretFor Cabaret, Rick created series of large scale drawings during the rehearsal process. The drawing were developed and then placed into lit boxes along the audiences path to the club-style seating in the theater. He said of the Cabaret paintings:

These are not renderings but impressions of dancers from the KitKat Klub, the setting for Cabaret. As I watched rehearsals, the movement coach, Steven Mitchell Wright, had the performers go through Butoh training. I’d heard of Butoh, seen stills from various dances, but never experienced it in action. Crushing really. So instead of doing some sort of rogues’ gallery pastiche (as had earlier been imagined being hung in the venue) I did these.
I wanted something like images of ghosts projected on smoke and ash. Just at the moment you think you’ve resolved them, they shimmer and erode before your eyes.
Color paintings of a world that’s lost all sense of it.

The paintings will be on display at the Society of Illustrators’s 53rd Annual Exhibition, February 23-March 19. The awards ceremony is on March 4th.


Irene Gallo is the art dircetor for Tor Books and creative director for Tor.com.

5 comments
Amy Houser
2. amylikestodraw
I love seeing when my favorite painters and favorite musicians come together and make such fantastic work. So great.
Jonathon Melhus
3. Jonasan
Truly beautiful work worthy of an award. The brush work is full of emotion and brings the work to life. A master artist worth admiring!
lee Ballard
4. lee Ballard
Go Mr Berry!I was thinking Gold!
lee Ballard
5. Theophylact
Urk. That's "Neuromancer"...

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