Wayne Barlowe

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Wayne Barlowe
Known forScience fiction and fantasy painting

Wayne Douglas Barlowe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer, painter, and concept artist. Barlowe's work focuses on esoteric landscapes and creatures such as citizens of hell and alien worlds.[1] He has painted over 300 book and magazine covers and illustrations for many major book publishers, as well as Life magazine, Time magazine, and Newsweek.[2] His 1979 book Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials was nominated in 1980 for the Hugo Award for Best Related Non-Fiction Book, the first year that award category was awarded.[3] It also won the 1980 Locus Award for Best Art or Illustrated Book. His 1991 speculative evolution book Expedition was nominated for the 1991 Chesley Award for Artistic Achievement.[4]

Barlowe has worked as a concept artist for movies such as Galaxy Quest (1999), Avatar (2009), and Aquaman (2018), among others. He is known to work closely with Guillermo Del Toro, serving as a creature designer for the Hellboy film series and the head creature designer for Pacific Rim (2013).[2] His work on Hellboy (2004) awarding him a nomination for the 2005 Chesley Award for Product Illustration.[4] Barlowe was the creator and executive producer of Alien Planet, a documentary adaptation of Expedition produced by Discovery Channel in 2005.[5] He has written two fantasy novels: God’s Demon (Tor Books, 2007)[6] and its sequel The Heart of Hell (2019).[2]


  1. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (June 18, 2010). "Wayne Barlowe doesn't bring weird creatures to you - he drags you to their world". Gizmodo.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c Barlowe, Wayne. "Wayne Barlowe". waynebarlowe.com. Wayne Barlowe. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "1980 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ a b "Wayne Douglas Barlowe". science fiction awards database.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ SULLIVAN, KEVIN. "Explore The Cosmos With These Great Movies And Documentaries About Space". uproxx.com. UPROXX. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  6. ^ "God's Demon". Kirkus Reviews. May 20, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2018.

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