Day 6: Jacek Yerka
By Sam Reeve
I wish I had been born to Polish parents because I seriously love this dude’s name. Jacek Yerka was born in 1952 in Poland. He studied fine arts and was constantly pressured by his teachers to adopt a more contemporary style, but a steadfast artist he was, and kept on with what he was doing. By 1980 Yerka was able to work as an artist full-time.
In 1994 a book titled Mind Field was published. It contains Jacek’s paintings and stories written by Harlan Ellison. The paintings came first, Ellison writing his stories afterwards using the paintings as inspiration. Jacek Yerka won the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 1995.
His work is inspired by nature, and he often sits under and apple tree on his property to work, but he combines the pastoral with the surreal imagery of his dreams to give you these: