Gregory Manchess


Gregory Manchess is an American illustrator from Kentucky. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, digital murals,[1] illustrated movie posters, advertising campaigns and book covers including sixty covers for Louis L’Amour. His work has appeared on Major League Baseball World Series Programs, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, The Smithsonian and National Geographic. His style includes broad brush strokes and excellent figure work.


He earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1977. He spent the next two years as a studio illustrator with Hellman Design Associates which was led by Gary Kelley.[2]

He lectures frequently at universities and colleges nationwide and gives workshops on painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA. He leads an Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA.[2]

Manchess' first graphic novel, Above The Timberline, was published by Saga Press in 2017. Original artworks from the book were on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum.[3] He is represented by Richard Solomon.[4][5]


Book covers

Nightrunners, Joe R Lansdale, Dean R. Koontz 1987

Ninja Vol III Warrior Path of Togakure by Stephen K. Hayes 1991

To Capture The Wind, Sheila MacGill-Callahan, August 1997

Nanuk: Lord of the Ice, Brian Heinz, 1999[11]

Cover Her Face, Simon & Schuster, P. D. James 2001

Stories of Your Life and Others, Tor Books, Ted Chiang 2002

Death of an Expert Witness, Simon & Schuster, P. D. James 2001

The Alchemist's Door, Macmillan, Lisa Goldstein 2003

Dreamer of Dune: The Biography of Frank Herbert, Macmillan, Brian Herbert 2004

The Knight, Tor Books, Gene Wolfe, January 2004

Giving Thanks, Turtleback School & Library Binding, Jonathan London, September 2005

The Last River: John Wesley Powell and the Colorado River Exploring Expedition Mikaya Press, Stuart Waldman October 2005

Glory Road, Macmillan, Robert Heinlein and Samuel Delany 2008

Cheyenne Medicine Hat, Brian Heinz, September 2006

Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas, Morgan Llywelyn, February 20, 2007

The Vengeful Virgin, Gil Brewer, April 2007[12]

Magellan's World Mikaya Press, Stuart Waldman October 2007

An Irish Country Doctor, Macmillan, Patrick Taylor 2011

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, National Geographic Books, Barry Clifford, 2008

Zero Cool, Michael Crichton (as "John Lange"), March 2008[13]

Lamentation (The Psalms of Isaak, Volume 2) Tor Books, Ken Scholes February 2009[14]

Lobster Johnson: The Satan Factory, Dark Horse, Thomas E. Sniegoski June 2009

Canticle (The Psalms of Isaak, Volume 2) Tor Books, Ken Scholes October 2009[14]

Robert E Howard's Complete Conan of Cimmeria 1935: v.3 (Leather Bound Edition) Book Palace Books, Robert E Howard February 2010

An Irish Country Girl: A Novel, Macmillan, Patrick Taylor 2011

A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon, Tor Books, Ken Scholes[15]

Looking for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder, Tor Books, Ken Scholes and Jay Lake[16]

The Starship Mechanic, Tor Books, Ken Scholes and Jay Lake[17]


Nominated for a Caldecott Medal in 1977

Society of Illustrators New York

  • Gold medal
  • Silver medals
  • Hamilton King Award in 1999[18]
  • Stephan Dohanos Award in 2000[19]

Society of Illustrators Los Angeles

  • Silver medals
  • Best in Show Award.

Artist's Magazine

  • First Prize Wildlife Art Competition 1990

Communication Arts

  • 1995
  • Featured in 1996, 1998, and 2000 in Step-By-Step Graphics.


  • Silver medal in 2001


  • Eleanor Ettinger Galleries in New York and Hong Kong
  • Witham Gallery; Ohio - 1997
  • Walt Reed Gallery; Westport, Connecticut - “The Illustrator in America, 1860–2000”.
  • Members Gallery at the Society of Illustrators - February 1, 2011 - February 26, 2011[2]
  • Arte Verissima Gallery[20] - "Weightless" - January 24, 2015 - March 8, 2015[21]


  1. ^ "Over 30 Award Winning Artists & Muralists for Commission | Large Format Architectural Murals in Public and Private Spaces | Artist Gregory Manchess". Art On A Grand Scale. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. ^ a b c "Society of Illustrators:Greg Manchess". Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  3. ^ "Gregory Manchess: Above The Timberline At The Norman Rockwell Museum". WAMC Northeast Public Radio. 7 Jan 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  4. ^ "a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts » Gregory Manchess". lines and colors. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  5. ^ "Gregory Manchess". Richard Solomon Artists Representative. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Postal Service Previews 2009 Commemorative Stamp Program - Entertainment News". redOrbit. 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  7. ^ "USPS Unveils New Stamps for 2011". US-CA: Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  8. ^ Gregory Manchess (21 April 2021). "MISSION PATCH: CREW ONE". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  9. ^ Gregory Manchess (2 December 2020). "DRAGON CREW TWO LAUNCH!". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  10. ^ Raja Chari @Astro_Raja (17 May 2021). Retrieved 17 May 2021. Thx to Gregory “ZeroG” Manchess for helping design our patch Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Society of Illustrators". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  12. ^ "The Vengeful Virgin". Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  13. ^ "Zero Cool". Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  14. ^ a b Irene Gallo (2009-03-24). "Greg Manchess painting Canticle by Ken Scholes". Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  15. ^ Ken Scholes (2009-02-17). "A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon by Ken Scholes". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  16. ^ Jay Lake and Ken Scholes (2010-01-13). "Looking for Truth in a Wild Blue Yonder by Jay Lake,Ken Scholes". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  17. ^ Ken Scholes and Jay Lake (2010-01-13). "The Starship Mechanic by Ken Scholes,Jay Lake". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  18. ^ "The Society of Illustrators: Hamilton King Award Past Inductees". Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  19. ^ "Society of Illustrators". Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  20. ^ "Weightless - Gregory Manchess Solo Exhibition". Arte Verissima. Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2015-01-22.
  21. ^ "Fine Art Connoisseur - Gregory Manchess: Painting Liberated". Fine Art Connoisseur. Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2015-01-22.

External links

  • Official website
  • Greg Manchess paints "Above The Timberline" – video of Gregory Manchess' painting process