My first ‘favorite Magic artist’ recently passed away. One of the things that set the game apart way back at the beginning was the overall quality of the art, and Quinton Hoover was one of the ones who set the bar. The first piece above is a play on Klein Bottle, but his cards always had a genuinely magical feel.There have been a couple good retrospective articles, by Glenn Godard and mtgcolorpie.
There are cards I played just because of his art. Sometimes that led to good cards (Wrath of God) and sometimes bad (Pradesh Gypsies?).
Rest in Peace, Mr. Q.