John Berkey Artwork

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Welcome to the most extensive
fan website on the Internet of

 
JOHN BERKEY Artwork


Born August 13, 1932  /  Died April 29, 2008

 
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There are *1585* John Berkey paintings/images on this site, plus 90 or so enlarged details of illustrations -- a total of 1600+ images -- and more to come!

Most other Internet websites just show 20-30 of John Berkey's really great spaceship paintings -- I have done my best to track down his other more "rare" art!  My thanks and appreciation goes to Demi Berkey for providing many pieces that are on this website that came from John's files.

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1980 Berkey TEXACO Calendar Original found in 2014!
It was located in the attic of a TEXACO executive in Houston...
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George Lucas owns 3 Berkeys, including the cover of STAR SF #1
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For the very first time we can see that this is the angle Berkey painted this painting (because on the website we can see Berkey's signature) -- and the book cover printed it sideways!
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Berkey's 1972 POSEIDON Movie Prelim
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And here are 2 more Poseidon prelims by Berkey:
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1965 Berkey Calendar
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Located in September 2014 -- it took me 5 years to locate this calendar!
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*NOTE:  Unfortunately someone cut out the 4th page from this 1965 calendar -- so I only have 3 of the 4 pages!
 MISSING 4TH PAGE MYSTERY SOLVED
This is that missing image:
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This page was made into a TUCO PUZZLE...
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NOTICE:  The puzzle cut off the right side of Berkey's painting -- now we can finally see the entire painting!
 
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New York City in the 22nd Century
This and other Berkey originals were for auction on www.ha.com 
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Berkey's 1993 Road To Gold
Most of the editions of this pb were printed on embossed silver foil, which caused everything but the white airplane to go very dark...
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After 5 years of searching I finally found a "normal" printing of this book from a seller in Australia that shows the beautiful blue of the water and the details of the aircraft carrier!!
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Berkey's NAVY Textbook Cover
Back in the 1980's this textbook cover was handed out at NAVY Recruitment tables at colleges & universities...
  
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Since the Winter Olympics recently happened in Russia, I thought it might be appropriate to post this 1992 Berkey POPULAR MECHANICS cover here...
 

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Berkey Art found at GOODWILL Store!

A sharp-eyed Berkey fan found this original Berkey painting entitled "Snow Squall At Dusk" at a Florida GOODWILL store for only **$5**!!
 
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Merry Christmas 2013
**NEWLY DISCOVERED**:  
A 1990's ROAD & TRACK Christmas Card!
 
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AT&T Ad Art Original
(Date Unknown -- if anyone has this ad or brochure, let me know!)
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A 3rd B&B Large History Poster:
"Fire Fighters" with 15 illustrations
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Berkey's 1998 EMERGENCY Game Cover
(...Chad Jasper helped me find this in November 2013...)
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 A 2nd wider version with the title lettering placed higher: 
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...brings to mind Berkey's 1974 TOWERING INFERNO poster art.....
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Berkey's signature is visible on this version:
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The Original Art:
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Preston Palmer was the art director for the 1998 EMERGENCY Game, and here's a 2013 pic of him with his Berkey original on the wall...
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Berkey's 1984 SPERRY Ad
Located November 2013 -- when I showed it to Michael Friedlander he said:  "Never saw this one before!!"
 

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Berkey's AIRPORT '79 Press Kit Art

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The prelim was printed on the back of Card #86:
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A rare Berkey LOCKHEED Poster

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1980 TEXACO Calendar
It took me 4 years to find it, but I finally located the 17th and final Berkey TEXACO Calendar in September 2013!

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**NEW**
Berkey's 3rd 1989 CONTROL DATA Ad!!!
(This ad was found in July 2013)

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Berkey's
1964 GENERAL TIRE Calendar!


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This calendar was located in June 2013 by Sue Williams at an estate yard sale in Perryville, Kentucky....
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(NOTE:  The above painting was also made into a TUCO jigsaw puzzle.)

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More Berkey art was up for auction on www.ha.com including this 1985 Jet Cock-Pit illoe for DISCOVER Mag!

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Berkey's "Harvest Time" TUCO Puzzle
I heard about this puzzle 4 years ago -- and I FINALLY got one!!

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*(More pics on the Berkey Puzzle Page)

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This Berkey KING KONG original recently sold for $15,625 on www.ha.com !

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A newly discovered 2nd prelim for Berkey's
Monorail Poster in POPULAR MECHANICS

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An Unpublished Berkey - Lockheed Ad Art

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Berkey's "Space Map" of Europe Prelim

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My 2012 X-mas Card to the Berkey family

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76 Berkey Prelims for sale!!!
Go to www.johnberkey.com

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Brian Berkey loaned me his 2004 copy of
NEST #26 A Quarterly of Interiors art magazine!

Back in 1984 a rich Saudi arms dealer payed $31 million for a custom-designed DC-8 private airplane done ala "Star Wars," and he commissioned John Berkey to do 4 paintings -- the magazine article shows 2 of those Berkey paintings:

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I finally got Berkey's 1984 DUNE poster from a movie poster dealer in Switzerland!!!
(...It only took me 28 years to finally see this European poster...)

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Here's a close-up of Berkey's signature...

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My 1979 Art Room Pic
 
As I've mentioned before, I started collecting John Berkey's art in 1976/1977 when his King Kong & Death Star posters came out -- and here is an old 1979 photo of my art room with those posters up on my walls!


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Brian Berkey visited!  /  October 20, 2012
Brian came by our house and we had a great 4-hr chat, this was the very first time we've gotten together!

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Greg Pro visited John Berkey in 1995

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17 John Berkey Racing Cars!!

 
When I showed this poster to Brian he told me he used to have this poster up on his wall at home when he was a kid!


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It's a rare 1960's B&B poster with 19 illustrations on it!!

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Berkey's Race Car Engine Illustration:

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Berkey's 1982 "Great Outdoors" Calendar
(A few copies are available on eBay!)

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"Mistaken Welcome" Prelim

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John Berkey's
1981 "Great Outdoors" Calendar!
(Copies available on eBay)

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1980 Calendar / (copies on eBay!)

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The prelim of this painting:
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The prelim of the above painting:
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Berkey's Fire Escape Plan Calendar Illustration!
Unseen for 35 years

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Berkey's Firemen EMTs 1976 calendar:

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John Berkey's 1966 & 1967 single-sheet Calendars
Unseen for 45 years


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John Berkey's
"Great Moments in American History" Poster

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*(Individual scans of these 15 illustrations are available upon request.)

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1976 SF Book Club Flyer with 3 Berkeys

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16 Berkey Originals were for auction on www.ha.com
recently including this unpublished TV GUIDE cover!

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The Last 2 Car Ads (of 9 total)

John's sister Janice told me:

"In case you've never heard, John was drawing cars from a VERY early age.  When we lived in Aberdeen, South Dakota he would take his wagon downtown and pick up all the color folders on what was our auto row.  When he got them home, he would try to draw them around the perimeter of the ads.  This continued until he was in school in Excelsior, the drawing of cars, I mean.   I remember that like it was yesterday..."

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Berkey Navy Art Print

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1980 Bucyrus-Erie Magazine Cover

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6 More Berkey Car Ads
From 1971/1972 -- Unseen for 40 years!

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Berkey's KING KONG Billboard in Manhattan / 1976

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And Berkey's King Kong on SEINFELD

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!!!**FINALLY GOT IT**!!!
Berkey's 1983 John Deere Factory In Space
Published in the JD JOURNAL in 1983

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Here's the John Deere logo on the spaceship:

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(When John sold this original he painted over the John Deere logo, so until we found this magazine the owner never knew it was done for John Deere!)
 
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Berkey's ad for PEARL a 1978 TV mini-series

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Steve Rude
the cartoonist/painter visited Berkey in 1985 & 1997

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Steve Rude's 1997 Visit
John did this sketch and gave it to Steve:


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More of the 9 Berkey Car Ads

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These are from 1971-1972
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Below:
  Berkey's art for a 1983 Construction Company Ad

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Berkey's self-portrait "Caves of Steel" Original seen at 2012 San Diego Comic Convention...
(selling price unknown, pic by Ken Birdwell)...

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1963 John Deere Calendar
7 illustrations  /  Unseen for nearly 50 years!

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Ken Birdwell's Home Theater Room

Ken owns these 2 Berkeys and had them enlarged into art panels in his high-tech home theater... nice!...

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4 Newly-found Berkey Prelims
(These are for sale, contact me if you're interested...)

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...The Indians are bringing CORN to the settlers....

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The 3 above are obviously 3 variations of the same scene -- the 4th one below has horses & a wagon instead of canoes... these are dated 1968-69, and were probably for another American Maize Products Calendar (like the one below)!

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John Berkey's

American Maize-Products Calendar Top
Year unknown (late 1960's?)

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So far I have located 41 Berkey Calendars!

19 Texaco, 4 Gulf Oil, 4 Massey-Fergussen, 1 New Idea,
3 Bucyrus Erie, 2 General Tire, 1 Brown & Bigelow reprint,
1 Water Calendar, 1 Pontiac Nature Calendar,
1 Brave Words Calendar, 1 John Deere,
the 1966 & 1967 single-sheet calendars,
1 EMT calendar, 3 "Great Outdoors" calendars,
and the above American Maize-Products Calendar!

I've heard of 7 more that I hope to acquire... if I'm lucky...

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Finally Located & Acquired

"The End of the Earth" in DISCOVER Magazine July 1987

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Have you seen the current Kellogg's Mini-Wheat TV ad?
It sure resembles Berkey's 1961 calendar page!

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A *VERY SPECIAL* BERKEY


The Missing May Page from the
1962 WATER Calendar!

John Berkey's painting of his Mom


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When John's sister Janice copied the 1962 WATER Calendar for me, the May page was "missing" -- years ago she had removed it, trimmed off the bottom part of the calendar, and she framed it and hung it on her wall... and then she remembered that it came from the WATER Calendar and her daughter Patty photographed it for me --  It's a little sun-faded and the green grass & trees have turned a little bluish, but here it is -- John Berkey's painting of his Mom hanging up clothes in the backyard of his parents house in Excelsior! 

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And their dog was named Bingo...

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John's Portrait of his Sister Janice


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John did this portrait of his sister Janice Berkey Knapp in 2006, and it was the last portrait John ever painted before he passed away.

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John Berkey's 1962 "Water" Calendar

Donated by John's sister Janice in May 2012
...UNSEEN FOR 50 YEARS...

January / "Measuring the Snow Pack"

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February  /  "Man-Made Waterways"

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March  /  "Food from the Sea"

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April  /  "The Spring Rain"

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May  /  "Cleanliness and Health" 
**((missing from Janice's calendar))**
UPDATE:
The May page has been found!!
It's posted nearer the top of this page!

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June  /  "Family Recreation"

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July  /  "Refreshment"
(Janice tells me that this painting was of the Kerber family farm, which is no longer there and has been replaced by a big square New Age Church...)

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August  /  "Irrigation"

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September  /  "Water and Industry"

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November  /  "Fire Protection"

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December  /  "Winter Fun"

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In Memory of John

Last April was the 4th anniversary of John Berkey's death on April 29, 2008 -- I'm just glad that he didn't die in 1994 when he had his heart emergency!  He was in a coma for 2 weeks, but he recovered and John lived another 13-14 years!


From the text in the below 1995 PREVIEWS interview:

"A year ago yesterday, October 1st, I had an operation on a dissected aorta... I was in a coma for a couple of weeks after the open-heart surgery and, then, in the hospital for two months. They told me the recovery time would be around two years and not to expect much... I actually painted most of the new pictures (around 50 for Card Set #2) in the last four months. It's been such a relief to get back to work and be able to paint. I didn't do the new pieces specifically for the card series, I just did them for fun."

Question: "Did going through a near-death experience change your perspective on painting?"

Berkey:  "Yes it did. Painting is more pleasant for me now... I know it's not going to go on forever (laughter). The experience has changed the way I think about art work... I was surprised at how painting was so easy and effortless. In the past, I used to worry about certain aspects of painting and I've noticed that they are no longer factors in my work (laughter). And that's helped. After all, I am painting fantasy. Even though the creations in my artwork look like they're real, they don't exist..."

John lived another 13 years, and continued painting -- and passed away in 2008, four years ago.

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The 1995 Card Set #2


 The 1995 PREVIEWS Magazine Interview

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(If you'd like a larger jpeg of this article so it's easier to read, just contact me...)

They also printed this ad for Card Set #2:

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1989 Steamboatin' Magazine

The magazine printed Berkey's art print on it's cover:

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1973 GMC Pontiac Calendar (just 1 painting)

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John Berkey's Double-Mirror System

In the early 1960's Berkey invented his ingenious double-mirror system over his drawing board so he wouldn't have to continually carry his paintings into the bathroom to look at them in the mirror -- the larger mirror over his head would reflect the painting into the smaller mirror in front of him so he could view it as if it were about 8 feet away...

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John Berkey's BUCYRUS ERIE Calendar Art


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Bucyrus #11 of 12

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Bucyrus #12 of 12 -- The moving of Plymouth Rock

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Bucyrus #10 of 12

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Bucyrus #9 of 12

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#8 of 12 -- BUCYRUS Martinson Tractor
 
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#7 of 12 -- Building the Panama Canal
 
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#1 of 12:  President Theodore Roosevelt inspecting the Panama Canal in 1908

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#2 of 12 -- NICE!!!

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#3 of 12

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#4 of 12

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#5 of 12

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#6 of 12  -- NICE!!

If anyone would like larger jpegs of these BUCYRUS prints, just contact me. 

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NEW PAGES

To make the huge numbers of images on this site more manageable, I have set up these separate pages of Berkey's art:

(Click on the Right Sidebar Links)


Berkey's OTIS ELEVATOR Ads -->

Berkey's NATURE ART -->

Berkey's JIGSAW PUZZLES -->

TRIBUTES by Other Artists/Writers -->

Berkey's 1961 (& '59 & '60) Calendar -->

Berkey's POPULAR MECHANICS Art -->

Berkey's TV GUIDE Art -->

ROMANCE Art, etc., etc.! -->

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Illustration Mag #36

Illustration Magazine #36 with my 40-page article on John Berkey!
 
See thumbnails of the issue online at:

www.illustration-magazine.com

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Read how the article was put together:

<-- Click on my ILLUSTRATION ARTICLE Link

Read the story of Berkey's HEINZ FACTORY painting!

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UPDATE:

Single copies from Dan Zimmer are SOLD OUT
If you want to get a copy, check the bookstores and eBay and various comic book dealers like Bud Plant & Stuart Ng Books, etc.!  (It only took one week to sell out!)

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A neat bit of "BIG NEWS"...

In June 2012 Demi Berkey contacted me and said that she would like to send me a "Thank You Gift" for all I've done to help keep John's work alive -- she asked to know which genre I would like to have it from, and she would look around to find one of John's small paintings or a prelim...

I thought about it for a few days, and then wrote back and said that I would really like something from the "futuristic" genre since the OTIS Ads had been such a large part of my early appreciation of John's art...

Demi wrote back a day or two later and said that she thought she found the "perfect" piece of John's art for me...

And here is what arrived in the mail 2 days later...

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This was Demi's inscription on the back of the art:

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And here is how I framed my Berkey OTIS Airport Prelim, I wanted to look at it and see pics of all 9 of the OTIS ads:

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This cruise ship disaster recently happened...

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Here's Berkey's cruise ship disaster illustration for his 1979 Beyond the Poseidon Adventure book cover:
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The History of this Website

I began collecting Berkey's art back in 1976 when I saw Berkey's King Kong posters and the 1977 Death Star poster, and then his TV Guide illustrations and a couple of his Otis Elevator illustrations and of course lots of his great SF bookcovers -- but things really went into high gear in 2008 when I got Jane Frank's ART OF JOHN BERKEY and noticed the Checklist in the back of the book!


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I was shocked that so much of Berkey's art remained unseen, so I used the Checklist to track down as much of it as I could find.  Many of the listings helped, but several of them lead to frustrating dead ends by merely listing the year when the art was commissioned instead of the year/month that the art was published... which made locating many of the illustrations extremely difficult (there are at least 40-50 paintings on that list I have yet to find! And several not on the list...)

The Internet Speculative Fiction Data Base was also helpful:
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?22975


I first posted this website in October 2008, and with the help of several Berkey fans/collectors around the world & Demi Berkey's assistance this website has grown to amazing perportions!  I sincerely thank everyone who has helped make this website possible.

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FINALLY!

John Berkey's New York City Park skyline painting from the Nov. 1984 GOOD HOUSEKEEPING magazine... 

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 28 YEARS
HERE IS THE COMPLETE PAINTING:

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The old FORD Assembly Line by Berkey!

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Modern Medicine cover 1976!

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SURPRISE:  The doc in this painting originally appeared in Norman Rockwell's 1929 POST cover entitled "The Doc and the Doll"!

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A new Berkey Video clip!
http://vimeo.com/30890377

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See more on the ROMANCE ART page! 

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The Berkey Estate has a new website:

http://www.johnberkey.com/

John Berkey's SF art for sale!!

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Albert Einstein's Desk

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Albert Einstein worked at Princeton when he died on April 18, 1955 -- below is Berkey's painting of Einstein's Princeton desk and office -- Berkey started doing art for Brown & Bigelow in 1955...
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BELOW is a photo of Einstein's desk when he died -- Berkey obviously added the famous E=mc2 equation and a few other things onto his painting of the blackboard, and shifted certain items around, but the pipe and the tobacco humidor and glass vial are still in the painting...
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Qaddafi is DEAD 10/20/11

John Berkey did this illustration of Qaddafi for a 1990 Reader's Digest book:
 
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Berkey's Promotional Flyer

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The 2 Berkey Art Books

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   1994 Painted Space              2003 Art of John Berkey

Both of these books are out-of-print and are fairly expensive to buy nowadays, but I've heard that they might be reprinted.
 
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John Berkey's portrait of Hank Guenther

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Who was Hank Guenther?  The Guenthers were the next door neighbors of the Berkeys back in the 1980s, and Hank & John were the best of friends!

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John did this portrait of Hank in 1981 and gave it to him as a present, and John even wrote "Hank Guenther" above his signature...

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Hank is no longer alive -- his daughter Kathy Guenther contacted me in 2010 and told me that her Mom had this painting, but no one had a camera to take of pics of it until now!  When I talked with Demi about this painting, she said she remembered it -- and now we can all finally see it!


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1977 Folder by Berkey!
 


NOTE:  Neither of these great 1977 paintings on this folder have never been posted on any other Berkey website before I posted them in 2009!

Here is what Michael Friedlander wrote to me when I shared these with him:

"Jim --  
WOW...  WOW... WOW... I can't believe that John did a future city piece (or 2!) that I have not seen before. These are absolutely my favorite works that he did!"   --Michael




 


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