Star Wars Concept Artist Ralph McQuarrie Dies

Legendary artist, who provided concept work for Star Wars, Indiana Jones ans E.T passes away at age of 82.

Posted 5th March 2012, 1:13pm in Star Wars, News
Star Wars Concept Artist Ralph McQuarrie Dies

The film world lost a huge creative force this weekend, as legendary concept artist Ralph McQuarrie passed away at the age of 82. Famous for his work on the sci-fi series, as well as the Indiana Jones franchise and E.T amongst countless others, immeasurably contributing to the work of such directors as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

Having played an enormous part in the conception of George Lucas’ Star Wars universe, the director paid tribute to his designer with the following statement on the Star Wars website.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of such a visionary artist and such a humble man. Ralph McQuarrie was the first person I hired to help me envision Star Wars. His genial contribution, in the form of unequaled production paintings, propelled and inspired all of the cast and crew of the original Star Wars trilogy. When words could not convey my ideas, I could always point to one of Ralph's fabulous illustrations and say, 'Do it like this.'

"Beyond the movies, his artwork has inspired at least two generations of younger artists — all of whom learned through Ralph that movies are designed. Like me, they were thrilled by his keen eye and creative imagination, which always brought concepts to their most ideal plateau. In many ways, he was a generous father to a conceptual art revolution that was born of his artwork, and which seized the imaginations of thousands and propelled them into the film industry. In that way, we will all be benefiting from his oeuvre for generations to come. Beyond that, I will always remember him as a kind and patient, and wonderfully talented, friend and collaborator."

It's always sad to lose such a visionary artist, and we're sure we aren't alone in saluting the work of the man who brought us such iconic visual icons as the ice planet Hoth, Darth Vader and C-3P0,