So I illustrated Gravity's Rainbow-- nobody asked me to, but I did it anyway. Most of the pictures are drawings-- ink on whatever paper was lying around, but there are also paintings (acrylic), photos I took, and experimental photographic processes. I tried to illustrate the passages as literally as possible-- if the book says there was a green Spitfire, I drew a green Spitfire. Mostly, I tried to make a series of pictures as dense, intricate, and rich as the prose in the book. The entire project was shown in the Whitney Museum's 2004 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art and is now in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

~Zak Smith



The Modern Word presents:


Zak Smith's
For Each Page
Gravity's Rainbow



Introductory Essays

On a Giant's Shoulders: Zak Smith
Illustrates Gravity's Rainbow

by Creon Upton

Four Types of Illustration and
Zak Smith's Gravity's Rainbow

by Erik Ketzan

A Review of Zak Smith's
Pictures of Girls

by Dr Larry Daw

Order the book,
Pictures Showing What Happens
on Each Page of Thomas Pynchon's
Novel Gravity's Rainbow,
with Introduction by Steve Erickson

Gravity's Rainbow Illustrated:
One Picture for Every Page


Illustration Index

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4


The Artist's Gallery

Zak Smith's home page




Gravity's Rainbow © Thomas Pynchon
Illustrations © Zak Smith

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