Michael Carroll est un des plus célèbres et grands Space Artists contemporains.
La NASA et le Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) ont souvent fait appel à son talent.
Ses œuvres sont connues de beaucoup d’entre nous, pour avoir été publiées dans des centaines de revues et magazines comme Time, National Geographic, Astronomy Now, Sky and Telescope, les revues du Smithsonian, ou même Ciel et Espace, entre autres…
Il a illustré des livres dont certains de Carl Sagan et d’Arthur C. Clarke.
Il a écrit une douzaine de livres pour adultes et enfants.
Ses œuvres ont été exposées au National Air and Space Museum, à l’Institut for Space Research (IKI) de Moscou, etc…
Il a également peint des fresques murales pour divers établissements.
Deux de ses œuvres ont volé dans MIR, dont une est restée dans MIR jusqu’à la destruction de celle-ci.
Une autre se trouvait dans la sonde Mars 96, dont le tir a échoué.
Il possède son propre site internet où vous pourrez admirer et acheter certaines de ses œuvres : http://stock-space-images.com
Interview réalisée en 2011
Q : When have you decide to became space artist ? And why did you like space exploration, aviation,etc … ?
A : I did my first painting when I was eleven years old (of our dog).
My third painting was my first space painting.
I did it in 1968, based on a photo taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts of the lunar far side. Ever since, I've been hooked !
My father was an aerospace engineer, and our family knew astronaut Ed White, first American to walk in space and one of three who died in the Apollo 1 fire.
My grandfather was a general in the air force, so I have always had aviation and space in my family.
Q : What was your 1st professional artist space work and how have you worked on this ?
My earliest professional commission, aside from paintings for individuals, was for a local game company called Dimension Six. They made board games with space themes.
Q : What are your(s) feeling(s) about that many people saw and loved yours painters and works every days ?
A : It is always humbling to think about how many people see and (hopefully) enjoy my work in magazines, books, TV, etc ...
Q : Did you like to go in space ? And why ?
A : I would love to BE in space, or especially explore Mars, but I don't think I would enjoy getting there. I would probably barf! (Throw up)
Q : What memories have you of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in 1969 ?
A : My sister and I watched in sitting on the couch in our livingroom, with Mom and Dad right there.
It was amazing.
I was only 14, but even then I knew I was seeing something that would change the history of humankind forever.
Q : What is your best memory about your space artist career ?
A : I always love working with scientists and astronauts to get things just right.
There are so many generous and inspiring people out there, and I love working with them as an artist and a writer.
Recently, I wrote a book called The Seventh Landing, where I got to interview creative engineers, Apollo and shuttle astronauts and cosmonauts, and scientists in many different countries.
I also got to illustrate it, so it was the best of both worlds!
My newest book is called Drifting on Alien Winds, about weather on other planets and moons.
It will come out in March through Springer Publishers.