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George Barr

Also Known As

  • G. Barr

Game Credits


Alien Logic (1994)   (Graphics / Artwork)
Archon Ultra (1994)   (Graphics / Artwork)
The Horde (1994)   (Additional Artists)
Star Control II (1992)   (Art & Animation)
Swords of Twilight (1989)   (Graphics)

Creative Services

Star Control II (1992)   (Manual Illustrations)
Crush, Crumble and Chomp! (1981)   (Artwork)
Dragon's Eye (1981)   (Illustrations)
Dunjonquest: Sorcerer of Siva (1981)   (Artwork)
StarQuest: Rescue at Rigel (1980)   (Cover Illustration and interior sketches)
StarQuest: Star Warrior (1980)   (Cover Illustration and Interior Sketches)
Invasion Orion (1979)   (Cover Illustration)

Developer Biography

According to

"Archon Ultra (...) offered hand-drawn 256-color sprites by noted sci-fi/fantasy artist George Barr in place of the clumpy monochrome pieces of the original."

According to

George Barr did cionematic art for Alien Logic.

And, most importantly, according to

"George Barr 343 Ontario Drive Livermore, CA 94550

(510) 373-6764

The biographical facts about George Barr, one of the greatest artists to enter the fields of science fiction and fantasy are relatively simple. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he attended elementary, junior high school, high school, and spent eighteen months in a commercial art school. He became a professional illustrator in 1961, moved to Los Angeles in 1968, then to San Jose in 1972, where he lives to the present time in a modest home in a relatively quiet neighborhood.

As with several other well-known illustrators, George Barr began his career in the sf/fantasy fields by doing illustrations for fanzines. His first piece of professional work was done for the March, 1961, issue of FANTASTIC and which, for those with discriminating eyes, marked him as an artist to watch for. He was soon working steadily in the field, getting commissions for both cover and interior artwork. The long list of magazines for which he did illustrations include AMAZING, DRAGON Magazine, DUNGEON, GALAXY, IF, ISAAC ASIMOV'S Science Fiction Magazine, ISAAC ASIMOV'S Science Fiction Adventure Magazine, FORGOTTEN FANTASY, WEIRD TALES, and MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY'S FANTASY Magazine. He's done book covers for such publishers as Ace Books, DAW Books, Donald M. Grant, Pulphouse Publishing, Owlswick Press, Cheap Street, Arbor House, Alyson Press, and many others.

George Barr is perhaps one of the most creative and flexible artists working in the field today. Besides doing cover and interior art for books and magazines, he has also produced art for game books and covers for computer games. Among the former are KNIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, THE KINGDOM OF SORCERY, THE WRATH OF OLYMPUS, THE DUNGEON MASTER'S Design Kit, DRAGON LANCE Adventures, and QUEEN OF THE SPIDERS. Among the latter are STAR CONTROL I (from Accolade, and one of the hits of the past several years), ARCHON ULTRA, and JORUNNE.

And George has done other interesting work as well. One of his more famous paintings was the poster for the cult movie, FLESH GORDON, which he did primarily to support the work of his friends in the special effects department. At another time, he did the makeup for the "space hippies" in the Star Trek episode, "The Way to Eden" (he was not particularly pleased with that episode, which makes him not at all unusual). He is also an excellent sculptor, although he does not do it nearly often enough.

All artists are influenced by other artists, parts of whose styles often show up in their work. George's often delicate artwork is influenced by "everything I see and like," but especially by his appreciation for the works of Arthur Rackham, Maxfield Parrish, Edmond Dulac, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and Hannes Bok as well as "innumerable comic book illustrators and newspaper cartoonists." Rackham and Parrish are the central influences; Rackham for his feel for line, Parrish for his expressive use of color.

He has been nominated five times for the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist and won the award in 1968. He was nominated once for Best Professional Artist, and was the winner of a Lensman Award, an award which is voted on by his professional peers."

There is also a gallery at

Last updated: Jan 03, 2001