I’m proud to present my newest series featuring Star Wars character Grand Admiral Thrawn!
When I was in middle school, I read Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command). In addition to being basically the launching point of the then-new Expanded Universe, it also introduced Grand Admiral Thrawn as the primary antagonist. Despite being the villain, he quickly became my favorite Star Wars character. I’ve always been an artist, and Thrawn especially interested me because the foundation of his military tactics were based in art: He believed that if you understood a species’ culture, history, and art, you understood their inherent strengths and weaknesses, and could formulate a strategy around that. He effectively weaponized art history, which I found endlessly fascinating.
When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, pretty soon after it was announced that the EU would be deemed non-canon, which was disappointing since I had grown up reading so many of the novels and more, specifically that Thrawn was no longer canon.
When it was announced that Thrawn would be a featured antagonist in the second season of the (excellent) Star Wars Rebels animated series, I was thrilled. My favorite character was canon again! And would be a major part of an important series! Naturally, Thrawn’s cool nature and appreciation of art was a central part of his characterization in Rebels, and every scene of his is a highlight.
In celebration of Thrawn being reintroduced to the Star Wars canon, I’ve created seven new art pieces, each depicting the Admiral in a unique style from art history, featuring a blurb with some context and history about the respective art movement.