Giancola, a father to two daughters who teaches at New York's School of Visual Arts, is well known in science fiction and fantasy circles for his meticulously painted illustrations, which includes cover art for The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein as well as numerous games and trading cards. The stamp images are representative of Giancola's most recent paintings that go beyond traditional sci-fi subjects to depict humans relating to their changing environment.
"It is an honor and thrill to have created these stamps celebrating space exploration and technology through individual achievements and the hard work of countless engineers and scientists," says Giancola, 44, who grew up in the dawn of the Space Age. "Astronauts like Alan Shepard have inspired a new generation to push the limits of our science and make the dreams of the future a reality."
Giancola, pictured in his Boerum Hill studio, also painted the astronaut-themed "Prometheus," a seven-by-eight-foot image that celebrates human achievements and advancements that's currently on view at The New York Hall of Science. The success of that painting led him to create a series of space-themed stamps for the United Nations Postal Administration.
For more information on Giancola and his work, visit www.donatoart.com.