John E. Kaufmann Art

The Basics:

John has been a freelance commercial artist for over 20 years. He mainly has illustrated educational science books.  See Here. 

He also has been creating his own art for the sci/fi fantasy community sending work to art shows around North America. 

He lives in the verdant hills of Missouri and loves natural beauty. He attends as many conventions as time allows as a Guest of Honor or an attendee. He has spent many a night talking sci/fi fantasy until sunrise.

 Inspiration:

An individual’s ability to chart the unknown through creative thought has always been amazing to me. It is a boundless realm to travel but not always easily found.

From Asimov to Verne and Wells we have seen how Sci Fi writers can inspired the implementation of real change in our physical world.

In the same vain we see the giants of Fantasy remind us in epic fashion the hard won but ancient truth that the only real and lasting power in the world lays in a free persons ability to see clearly, speak truthfully and act courageously.

Why I Create Art:

My artwork is an amalgam of my love of science and my obsession with exploring the many worlds of the creative mind.

Dragons:

To me, dragons are simply chaos personified. Chaos is a necessary opposition against order. An overabundance of either order or chaos can be tragic, so both are equally important. When chaos approaches you are forced to either face it, hoping you survive and grow, or flee it, risking defeat or regret for your missed opportunity.

Chaos comes in many forms and aspects, but my utmost respect always goes to people who have faced their dragons and somehow have grown from the experience.

I love creating images of dragons in various states. Sometimes benign, existing in harmony,  other times caught in a raging fury.

Space Art:

My space art is very different from the rest of my work. It almost always comes from an exploration of the same question: What would it be like to be there? Whether on the many bodies of our solar system or viewing other objects or times in the universe, the question is the same. I also love researching the latest science in order to depict a scene as accurately and realistically as possible while trying to understand and capture its unique beauty.   

Fantasy Art:

My fantasy art is usually an attempt to depict incredible places or creatures in order to set a mood. Many are pictures people have asked for, or an attempt at lighthearted fun for my family and friends.

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