The Mind's Eye: The Art of Omni

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The Mind's Eye: The Art of Omni

In 1978 one of the most popular, popular science magazines, Omni, went into publication. It had an almost 20 year run publishing both fiction and non-fiction science and fantasy stories by the likes of George R. R. Martin, William S. Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates and many many other notables. In addition to its literary muscle, the magazine also featured original illustrations by artist who deftly created hand rendered works in a pre-digital age. The results were beautiful and evocative, they sparked the imagination of every science fiction and fantasy buff.
Last month powerHouse, the independent vanguard art-book publisher,released "The Mind's eye, The Art of Omni", a big coffee table book chalk full of original art works that ran throughout the magazine's existence.


The original magazine was the brain child of Kathy Keeton and her husband Bob Gucconi (publisher of Penthouse) and run under editor, Ben Bova. The magazine abruptly came to an end when Keeton fell to cancer in 1997. However, the significance of the magazine has remaind in the imagination of generations.

In this day and age with the ubiquity of computer generated graphics we've become numb to the predicable and perfect sheen of digital images, which make the art works from Omni's oeuvre all the more compelling. These hand drawn/painted images in "The Mind's Eye" are fresh and inventive, and spring from a source that was fueled by pure imagination and artist's skill.

 

"The Mind's Eye, The Art of Omni"
Edited by Jeremy Frommer and Rick Schwartz
Introduction by Ben Bova
Science Fiction / Fantasy Illustration / Retro
powerHouse