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The Art of Richard Powers (Paper Tiger) Hardcover – June 30, 2001

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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 Olson
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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.
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  • Series: Paper Tiger
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Tiger; First Ed. edition (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855858908
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855858909
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, a book dedicated solely to the works of the late Richard Powers... a dream come true. I was tired of always seeing him presented as one of many entries in books of sci-fi artists, shoved between others who were obviously not as talented as he. This is a true deal.... page after page of his beautiful/haunting/otherworldly art (yes, all 3 adjectives, and more, exist in each painting!). The reproductions are of a very high quality and clarity, some taking up 2 pages, allowing you to see the textures within the images. The text gives some very good insight on Powers' inspirations and personality, with some very funny stories. My only objections are - 1. There are a number of works produced in a fairly small format (4" x 4" or less) , and I would've gladly paid more if the publisher had enlarged them and expanded the page count. 2. No photos of Powers at work, just two self-portraits. 3. The text tends to ramble a bit, especially the first chapter, and I would have loved to see more art in place of it.
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By A Customer on May 21, 2003
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The best cover artist of all time. No exaggeration. Some of the later work becomes, unfortunately, exceedingly literal--it's as if someone forced Powers to put Boris-Vallejo-like human figures into his abstract scenes in order to satisfy some PR/marketing goal. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
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This highly recommended introduction covering the life of the artist Richard Power opens to a full-page color-embellished survey of 120 of the artist's fantasy images and contributions to the world of paperback illustrative art. An outstanding survey of images is created in an excellent keepsake edition for fans of science fiction and fantasy art.
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The Art of Richard Powers - Jane Frank

In 1958 I read a book titled "Men, Martians and Machines" by Eric Frank Russell. I hardly recall the stories but the cover made a lasting impression on me. The depiction of bizarre alien machines, a fantastical space ship and a flaming sun influenced me to seek out and read more of these type stories. The cover artist was Richard Powers (1921-96) and his distinct style has graced numerous book covers over the period 1945 to 1997.

I recently purchased The Art of Richard Powers first published in 2001. As a life long reader of science fiction and a Powers admirer I was delighted with this book. This book's large size: 9 by 11.5 - provides ample space to display many stunning examples of his otherworldly artwork in a generous format.

At 128 pages the editor was able to include a wide selection of his painting. It was most interesting to see familiar book covers without the title over printing. Included is a checklist of all Powers book illustrations - my guess at least a thousand entries - from 1945 to 1997. The artwork is supplemented with several articles about and by Powers.
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