Painter John Berkey was unquestionably one of the leading figures working during the golden era of science fiction. Most identified with his posters for the original Star Wars film, Berkey's work was instrumental creating the image we have in our minds eye when we picture "outer space." A prolific illustrator of sci-fi book covers, the technically adept artist also was employed by everyone from Popular Mechanics to Time magazine and even NASA to create cutting edge technologically forward looking illustrations.
This offering, which appeared on the table of contents page of the January 1990 issue of Popular Mechanics shows a "diver of the future breath[ing] fluorocarbon at 15,000 ft. to salvage spoils while a robotic submersible works nearby." A variant of the artwork appears as the cover of the magazine itself.
The painting is nicely matted and framed, and ready to hang. A published copy of the magazine accompanies purchase.