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Michael Whelan

Born Jun 29, 1950

Michael Whelan is an American artist of imaginative realism. For more than 30 years he worked as an illustrator specializing in science fiction and fantasy cover art. Since the mid-1990s he has pursued a fine art career, selling non-commissioned paintings through galleries in the United States and through his website. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Whelan in June 2009, the first living artist so honored.… Read More

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1950 Birth Born on June 29, 1950.


1968 18 Years Old By his final year of high school, his family had moved again, to San Jose, California where he graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1968. … Read More


1973 23 Years Old After graduating from SJSU in 1973 with a BA in Painting (as a "President's Scholar"), Whelan studied briefly at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California for nine months from 1973–1974.
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In 1974 Whelan exhibited his work at the World Science Fiction Convention in Washington, D.C., where it was seen by Thomas Schlück, who first discovered his work and contracted to use it in European publications shortly afterwards.
1975 25 Years Old Because he was already receiving offers for commissions, Whelan left the Art Center College of Design to pursue illustration full-time. In 1975, he moved to Connecticut to be near the New York City hub of the publishing industry. … Read More
1978 28 Years Old Whelan credits the 1978 publication of Anne McCaffrey's best-selling The White Dragon featuring his cover art as a turning point in his career. … Read More


1980 30 Years Old Whelan first won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in 1980 at the World Science Fiction Convention in Boston, won the next six annual renditions, and at the 50th Worldcon in 1992 was voted the best professional artist of the last 50 years.


1993 43 Years Old Whelan illustrated the cover for Meat Loaf's 1993 album Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell. … Read More
1999 49 Years Old …  Whelan was successfully treated for Lyme disease in 1999 and prostate cancer in 2000. In 2003, a Flash animation slideshow titled Family Art Corner was released anonymously, alleging that a woman named Jan McRae had plagiarized the work of many artists, including Whelan, for reproduction in proselytization tracts printed by the Children of God cult. … Read More


2000 50 Years Old …  Whelan's time near White Sands and Vandenberg Air Force Base proved a lasting influence; in a 2000 interview, he noted that "living near to missile launching sites and Air Force bases had an impact. … Read More
2002 52 Years Old Larger versions of his artwork were featured in the album's 2002 special edition release.
2009 59 Years Old The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Whelan in June 2009, the first living artist so honored. … Read More


2010 60 Years Old As of 2010 he has won fifteen Hugos—more than any other artist. … Read More
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