In Memory of Tim Hildebrandt

July 1, 2006 6:26 pm

Tags: Memorials


At a time when Renderosity has experienced the loss of so many of our beloved artists and friends, it is with sad and heavy hearts that we also mourn the loss of legendary artist Tim Hildebrandt. If you would like to post your condolences we encourage you to do so and we will make certain that they are sent along to the Hildebrandt family.

June 11, 2006

Tim Hildebrandt has passed away. And, with him, so has an era.

Tim, 67, died today from complications due to diabetes. He is survived by his mother Germaine, twin brother Greg, sister Janie, wife Rita, son Charles, nieces Mary and Laura, and nephew Gregory.

Tim was an otherworldly artist. For 47 years, his captivating work fostered the dreams and fantasies of millions of fans, young and old.

Best known as part of the Brothers Hildebrandt team, Tim's career transported him to-and through-many worlds. Technically speaking, Tim and Greg worked side by side. But their work together on such masterpieces as the original Star Wars poster and 70's J.R.R. Tolkien calendars proved that their individual talents could coalesce seamlessly into one.

Tim was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor. While he loved and appreciated all forms of art, he had a particular passion for animation and illustration.

While he will be greatly missed by all of us who love him, we take comfort knowing that he will live on in the art that he created.

"My brother is in my hands, my eyes, my mind, my soul and my art.
He always has been from birth. And he will continue to be."
- Greg Hildebrandt

Anyone wishing to express condolences to Greg Hildebrandt can send them to:

The Spiderwebart Gallery, 5 Waterloo Rd. Hopatcong, NJ 07843

Please take time to visit www.spiderwebart.com for the official memorial to Tim Hildebrandt and to view the extraordinary artwork of the Hildebrandt brothers.

June 30, 2006

Article Comments


markk ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 July 2006

This has not been a good month for many people. A big hug from me.

Pontigary ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 July 2006

What an utter shock, it is so sad to hear one of the most extraordinary masters of contemporary Art left us! Our sincerest condolences to his people and friends.

Foxseelady ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 July 2006

My deepeest condolences to the family and friends of Tim. I Have heard the names, and seen the art in years past. Now to know the story it's really quite extrodinary! May you all find peace in enjoying the things he loved most.

olitoth ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 July 2006

My deepeest condolences, for his family. It's a very very bad news for the fans.....

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 July 2006

My thoughts and prayers are with you Greg and your family at this time of Loss. He was loved by all.

leehilliard ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

i have long been a fan of both brothers. my deepest condolences to the family. tim you will be missed.

Lion ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

My deepeest condolences to the Family and Friends of Tim. So bad news!!!!

Sabra ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

Also a big, big fan and admirer of their art, this comes as a shock. May their family find strength in the knowledge that their art will live on forever. My deepest condolences.

turner ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

My deepest condolences to the family. Their artwork is an inspiration to us all.

idiot_sphinx ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

A tragic loss. I admired thier work and I only hope that his brother Greg will continue it. My deepest sympathy for the family.

sd012q ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

my god what a month for art i wish your family the best and may you rest in peace god bless

jan_scrapper ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

My heart and prayers go out to the Hildebrandt family. The fun and beauty through the art Tim and Greg brought to the young and old alike will live on forever. Greg, I pray that you will find the strength to continue to use this most awesome gift you have been given. God Bless you all, Jan

vt100 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

My deepest condolences go to the family while we mourn the loss of yet another great artist!

LeChatDesigns ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

Our world is a more beautiful place thanks to people like Tim Hildebrandt. Tim's life made a positive difference in the lives of so many, myself included. May the family take some small comfort in the fact that Tim was truly an inspiration. Remembering one who has passed, Cat

jjean21 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

I was shocked and saddened to see this article. I've long been an admirer of the fantasy art created by both the Hildebrandt brothers. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, it is the end of a marvelous collaboration but hopefully we haven't seen the last of the gift they were both given.

Senoj ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

I had the honor of meeting and chatting with Mr. Hildebrandt a few years back, and I've always remembered his cheerful, open attitude and his great enthusiasm for his work. It saddens me that the world must go on without him. He will truly be missed.

OpenMindDesign ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

The world has lost another great artist. Condolences to the family.

ricklinkous ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 July 2006

How very sad. I will never forget the brother's famed Star Wars poster art, that began my own interest in fantasy art. Many condolences to the family.

Gog ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 July 2006

I can't believe that such an inspiring artist has passed away, I am sure that many have viewed and loved his art as I have, he will be missed. My condolences to his family.

foleypro ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 July 2006

I am so saddened by the loss. The Hildebrandt brothers are why I started... My condolences to the Family and friends and every fan. Read Urshurak sometime their Artwork on that Novel is Superb.

doc_jones ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 July 2006

I am truely sorry for the loss of this wonderful artist my condolences to the family and friends

-BrandyE- ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 July 2006

Mr. Hildebrant was a superbly talented artist and a truly nice man. My deepest condolenses to his family...

Aldaron ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 July 2006

Damn, that is sad news indeed. I've had the pleasure of actually e-mailing him and getting permission to do a piece that is in my gallery.

duncanmarkc ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 July 2006

Their art was brought to me by Star Wars and has amazed me ever since. Now we can hope that Tim's view of heaven will guide Greg's talents and show us all, what we have to look forward to. May God bless and keep the Hildebrandt family surrounded by love. Namaste

scarab1 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 July 2006

It is indeed with a heavy heart we mourn his passing... he has long been a constant source of inspiration for my art as for many others I am sure... Tim, we will miss you dearly for you went far too young.

cmy3dfx ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 July 2006

We are very sorry for your loss, the world has lost someone very special. The Hildebrandt brothers artwork is found throughout our home, in books, posters, and trading cards. I have passed this love for their art to my daughter and son. We will miss him.

FutureFantasyDesign ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 July 2006

Such a loss to the Art World. I remember back in the 70's when i first saw the art of Tim and his brother. It was very moving. This is a sad day indeed. Ariana

IronWolf1966 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 July 2006

This is an incredible loss. His artwork captivated my imagination as a kid, teenager, and still today. I wish his soul and his family peace.

giareg ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 July 2006

My deepeest condolences. I am sorry for this superb artist. We don't forget you. thank you.

SGT2005 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 July 2006

I share with a heavy heart the loss of a great person and friend and one of the most inspirational artist I have come to know greatly. Tim always Challenged himself and pushed passed his limits.He had many ideas of what success ment to him and never let that success change the type of person he made of himself.My prayers are with the Hildebrandt Family and know that Tim will always be with them and with all artists as each have a special connection with this artist .