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The Art of John Bolton Paperback – October 15, 2001


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About the Author

John Bolton spends his days locked inside his eerie, prop-and-dead-bug-filled studio in London, England. After receiving his diploma in illustration and design, he contributed to all kinds of famous (and infamous) British magazines, and was subsequently commissioned to produce covers and artwork for book publishers. John began working in comics making an early impact on the US market in 1980. An award-winning artist who has worked on graphic novels with such notable creators as Chris Claremont, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, Sam Raimi, Anne Rice to name just a few, he has handled assignments for every major publisher in the comics field. John's ethereal vampire-women and magical creatures have made his work much sought after by collectors.

John's interest in the stylish and bizarre elements of the horror / fantasy genres is evident throughout his work. His cover artwork features some of the most recognizable and distinctive designs in comic-book history. John has been painting now for two decades. His paintings display a thorough understanding of each medium and subject he chooses to tackle, which in the hands of a lesser artist might lead to over slickness or repetition. A master of color, he evocatively combines unusual shades to create mystical, other-worldly and intensely personal atmospheres.

He currently has his own international fan club and magazine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: SQP (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865620474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865620476
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2002
This is a great book collecting all the best works of John Bolton to date. It is part of a series of German art books, called Art Fantastix ...which are often published as international editions, too, presenting the best international erotic and fantasy artists like Olivia, Luis Royo, Dorian Cleavenger, Boris Vallejo, Ricky Carrallero, Michael Möbius and more. The Bolton book is a perfect one to start with. So check it out, you surely won't be disappointed!
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Bolton's incredible work combines many elements: gorgeous women (except in a few cases), clothes that (when present at all) heighten and titillate rather than conceal, and macabre themes of vampires or worse. Some blood-spattered pages throw the gore directly into the viewer's face. Others hint at vampiric violence. Others, like the similing diver frozen in freefall above a teacup, show a vivid sense of humor. Yet others simply celebrate the elegance of womanly form - but that's an element of nearly all of these 90 reproductions. These aren't entirely about the babe, though; shadowy presences lurk in the dark backgrounds of these imagas.

It's not for the nudity-shy, but it never tips over into vulgarity, either. Outside of that one caveat, I recommend this to any fan of fantasy art.

-- wiredweird
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By Marc B. on June 23, 2014
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Honestly, I'm a bigger fan of Bolton's story illustrations. When I purchased this book, I was mostly looking for a little bit of a kick. Well, I got that and am happy with it. That said, my impression of these paintings is that they relied too much on the cool and kinky factor. Primarily figure work and not much for the scene. I probably wouldn't have any these on my walls, but again that's not why I purchased the book. Sometimes it's that way with artists.

Anyway, I prefer the story works because the talent of the artist, for me anyway, is drawn into a greater service. You get to see more of his talent when it's used to fulfill a scene versus attempting something like an iconic figure. Still and all, I think John Bolton is a fantastic talent and I appreciate the breadth of his work.
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By Seramesmerise on December 5, 2011
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I love this book. John Bolton is an amazing artist. Strange beautiful art, often very dark, sometimes erotic. A lot of nudity, so not for kids.
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