His work had structure and clear evidence of the tools used to build it. Just as I understood the progression of word to sentence to paragraph to story, I suddenly saw in Joe’s work the same progression of line to shape to form to composition.
It was an essential moment.
And when I later discovered that there was no defining book about Joe’s life and art I realized that I had to write one.
Wilderness of the Mind: The Art of Joseph Mugnani is a 300+ page coffee table-sized art book and biography with a foreword by Ray Bradbury.
My research included dozens of interviews with Ray Bradbury, Joe’s colleagues, and his students. The research took me across the country and even to Japan where I met with collectors of Joe’s work. I also directed preservation efforts for both The Joseph Mugnaini Estate and Ray Bradbury.
No previous book comes close to showing the depth of the collaboration between Joe and Ray Bradbury. There’s stunning concept work, including the very first and never-before published Fahrenheit 451 sketches. Discovered during my research, they were hidden in the estate archives, safely tucked away by Joe’s wife Ruth some 45 years ago.
Considerable effort was made to ensure that the artwork reproductions are as close to the original pieces as possible, with an emphasis on color. The book also presents many 1:1 reproductions of segments of Joe’s larger pieces so the reader can appreciate and closely examine Joe’s mind-blowing line work.
Wilderness of the Mind is due to be published in Winter 2015 by Art of Fiction.
You can check out the teaser website at www.wildernessofthemind.com.