Thursday, February 25, 2010

Weird Masterpieces of Paul Lehr

Paul Lehr (1930-1998) is one of the greatest future-fantasist painters of the post-pulp era. He was very prolific and produced a large body of work of remarkable intensity and consistent high quality. Lehr did many mindbending paperback covers in the 1960s-80s before Michael Whelan and his wave of imitators moved science fiction and fantasy illustration towards photorealism. In the late-80s and 90s, after paperback publishers had lost interest in putting beautifully weird covers on their books, Lehr turned his attention to painting epic and highly detailed dream landscapes, a few of which are included below.


  1. The first one is beautiful.
    --Thanks. :)

  2. You have no idea how much it touches me to see people still discussing my uncle's paintings over a decade after the loss of his battle with pancreatic cancer...I can take solace in the fact that even though he's gone, as long as people still appreciate his works he'll never really die...

  3. Funny thing, he considered himself more of a sculpter than a painter...

  4. Travis - I'm glad you stopped by the blog!

    Paul Lehr is one of my all-time favorite artists. I collect paperbacks that are graced by his work. I would love to see one of his paintings in person someday!

    1. Gallery Veriditas in New Orleans has been given the rights to not only exhibit his paintings but to most importantly exhibit some of his sculptures. The show will begin on January 21, 2012 and have a 6 week run. For more information visit or email

  5. I had the chance to photograph a few of the paintings and sculptures today of Paul Lehr, for his upcoming show in January in New Orleans at the Gallery Veriditas. I was in awe. I have photographed countless art over the past 20 years and I was blown away, I truly believe these are the best paintings and most interesting sculpture I have ever seen. A true honor to spend some time alone and be able to study these pieces.

  6. I am just now discovering Mr Lehr's work and disappointed to see I missed the show mentioned. Does anyone know if there are any other shows planned in the near future, or if any of his work is in a permanent collection somewhere?


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