John Berkey’s Cloud Walker

Since I showed the front book cover in a previous blog entry, here’s the full version of John Berkey’s wrap-around cover illustration for Edmund Cooper’s The Cloud Walker. The book is a pretty good post-apocalyptic adventure story. I’ve always liked the juxtaposition of technologies in the painting, as well as the sense that we’re seeing the aftermath of a tremendous battle.

The Cloud Walker - Painting by John Berkey, for the book by Edmund Cooper

Berkey was generally noted for his highly stylized paintings of spaceships and high technology. I’ve always been intrigued by this painting because it shows those same techniques used to illustrate lower technology subjects such as ocean-going warships and a combat balloon. I think it exposes a certain unexpected versatility in Berkey’s capabilities.

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