As Frank observes, Richard Powers (1921-96) "was one of the three prime movers of sf art." A generation younger than the other two, who were primarily illustrators, Powers introduced artistic modernism to sf as a creator of book-cover imagery in a style Frank calls "abstract surrealism." Inspired by the painters Tanguy, Klee, and Gorky, in particular, Powers mixed realistic figures and geometric but seemingly organic shapes, painted them and their monochromatic, atmospheric backgrounds in intense colors, and composed them to suggest otherworldly landscapes. He further modernized his pictures with abstract expressionist gestures, such as Pollock-like filigrees of spattered paint. From 1950 on, his work has said "science fiction" to all who have seen it--no small band, given his output (the appended checklist of his book covers is nine pages long). More than 100 vivid colorplates decorate a volume that also includes a biographical sketch by Powers' son that reveals the artist as quite a character. Ray OlsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Jane Frank is a member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists (ASFA), the Washington Sculpture Association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Society of Illustrators. With her husband, Howard Frank, she has built up the largest collection of sf/fantasy art in the world, and in 1991 she founded Worlds of Wonder, the world's best known sf/fantasy art agency. Together with Howard Frank she has written The Frank Collection (1999), published by Paper Tiger.