(1967- ) US illustrator, primarily of Fantasy subjects but of much sf too, who has worked also as Jean Targete and J P Targete. He received his formal art training in courses at Miami's Performing and Visual Arts Center (PAVAC; now the New World School of the Arts), while he was still in high school, and then, with a scholarship from the publisher Scholastic, at the School of the Visual Arts in New York City. After graduation, he began receiving cover commissions from Avon, although initially mainly for mysteries or romances; his first Fantasy commission – although not his first published, which was for Andrew Whitmore's The Fortress of Eternity (1990) – was for the Planetary Romance Egil's Book (1991) by C J Mills.
Although Targete prefers paintings that involve human faces and forms, and characterization, he is adept also at Hard SF subjects, as for example on the covers of the three Star Precinct novels by Kevin Randle and Richard Driscoll. Joe Haldeman has stated that Targete's cover for the 1997 AvoNova incarnation of his The Forever War (fixup 1974) "is one of my two or three favourites" of the hundreds of covers his books have had. Targete customarily works in oils on masonite, particle board or illustration board, although sometimes acrylics will play a part in the mix; he has also worked in gouache, watercolours, inks and mixed media.
Targete received the 2001 Chesley Award for Best Paperback Cover for his painting for Circle at Center (2000) by Douglas Niles. A book of his work is Illumina: The Art of J.P. Targete (graph 2003) with text by Jean Marie Ward. [JGr]
Jean Pierre Targete
born New York City: 21 October 1967
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