Josh Kirby

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Josh Kirby

Jul 26, 2007, 1:10 pm

ImagineFX, a magazine about fantasy and sci-fi art, has a massive feature celebrating the life and work of Josh Kirby, the British artist behind the most iconic Discworld book covers. It also includes an interview with Terry Pratchett and Amy Harnell (from the Josh Kirby Estate) about the importance of Josh Kirby's work.

Terry Pratchett says of Josh's art: "Looking at a Josh Kirby picture is almost like looking at an entire movie. You get the impression that if you picked up a painting and pulled it out it would expand to reveal even more. Every picture is alive."

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

If ever there was an artist whose body of work put paid to the old adage about a jack-of-all-trades, it's surely Josh Kirby.
Although primarily known as a painter of wildly imaginative, often humorous science fiction and fantasy scenes, and in later years much admired for the covers he produced for Terry Pratchett's multi-million selling Discworld series, Josh was an artist of the old school with a bewildering number of strings to his artistic bow. It just so happened that out of all the styles and subjects he could turn his hand to, the one that proved the most fulfilling was one with fantastic commercial appeal...

The Josh Kirby feature and Terry Pratchett interview will be in issue 21 of ImagineFX, on sale at WHSmith, Tesco, Borders and other newsagents from Tuesday 31 July. For more information on ImagineFX and to buy a copy online, visit:

{Info from Discworld Monthly issue 124)

Set 10, 2023, 11:26 am

I'm a bit lame about how to share things online here, but I found this article about Josh Kirby on Reddit and thought it interesting. I wonder if anyone has published a book of his illustrations/cover art for Discworld? I would love to have one.

Set 10, 2023, 11:32 am

Josh Kirby Discworld Portfolio Found this, but a used paperback on Amazon is $93.50. A bit steep for my pocketbook! Maybe I will find it in a thrift store someday. A girl can dream.

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