When I think of painters of fantasy, even good ones with great range, I often find myself refining them to a single, sharp note in my mind. Frank Frazetta Dealing Death so effortlessly, Alex Ross giving his superhumans their humanity, Brom putting elegant figures in cruel places.
But when I think of the work of Greg Hildebrandt and his late brother Tim, I think of… Tolkien fantasy of course, but the next images come fast before that first one can fill all the space: memorable Marvel and DC work, a long line of pinups, and… the original Star Wars poster, which is probably one of the most famous images of painted science fiction ever created.
All of which makes me think — as I watch this gallery set-up clip that Vincent Zurzolo and co. just sent over — that the range of Hildebrandt's work does make it an ideal subject for a gallery showing. Probably not quite as much fun as unboxing and having all that great art in your hands like those guys did, but… still pretty fun, I'm guessing. Gallery Opening will be Friday, October 7th from 6pm-10pm ET, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. And I see from the PR in my inbox that there will be the opportunity to acquire some pieces as well, so there's that having-it-in-hand problem solved too.
Metropolis Gallery is located at 36 West 37th Street, 6th Floor, only a 10 minute walk from New York ComicCon. After NYCC, the gallery will be open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 11:00am-5:00pm through December 30, 2016.