At A Glance
The works of Robert McCall are a rich tapestry that encompasses more than just the history of space exploration and visions of the future.
McCall is a talent whose depth and richness of spirit are translated into a special invitation. His work invites one to ride on a spectrum of color, brilliance, and imagination-to become part of the twisting kaleidoscope that is our ever-expanding knowledge of the universe.
Robert McCall has done more than any other artist to enable Americans to visualize their nation's presence in space. He has illustrated all of America 's finest moments, from the first manned space flight of Alan Shepard aboard Mercury 1 to Neil Armstrong's first steps on the Moon; from the U.S.-Soviet joint Apollo-Soyuz mission to the most recent launches of the space shuttle. Ten million people a year admire his massive six-story-high mural in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington , D.C. ; he has created stamps for the U.S. Postal Service that commemorate the space program.
McCall has documented the NASA space program for more than thirty-five years. NASA's provision of this 'front row seat' has allowed him to personally witness mankind's progress and turn it into the magnificent renderings that link us together as residents of Planet Earth.
In addition to being NASA's visual historian, McCall has also sparked our collective imagination with regard to what may become our future history. Serving as conceptual artist for the entertainment industry, he worked on films such as Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Star Trek movies and Disney's The Black Hole.
McCall is an optimist and dreamer, unrestrained by scale, unlimited by location, unconfined by the boundaries of what is known or what can be imagined. As one stands in awe of the visual poetry that is the art of Robert McCall it is apparent that this is a talent that competes with the scope of the subject itself. In his works we see ourselves in a different light which McCall himself so eloquently defines:
"The future is bright and filled with promise for us all. And the human spirit driven as it is, with an insatiable desire to know, to explore, and to understand will continue forever to reach up ward and outward."