Those paintings are mainly of what he called flying saucers but i also added is a portrait of aleister crowley and contain a lot of aliens and spaceships. I love his colorful and often surreal looking environments. While chris fosss titanic ultrarealistic spaceships have had a massive influence on illustrators and film makers over the past 40 years, bruce pennington is less well known. Sep 20, 2019 although bruce pennington is retired and no longer takes commissions, hes happy to continue licensing his work to metal and rock bands in need of spectacular covers. The bruce pennington portfolio 1991 also appeared as. Apr 22, 20 many british readers first encountered wolfes novels through the stunning cover artwork of bruce pennington.
He is indelibly associated with some of the greatest writers of the era, his baroque images gracing the covers of such diverse publications as frank herberts dune or harry harrisons stainless steel rat. The book covers a broad range of issues that are of essential importance in effective practice pennington s delicate balance of covering a large number of topics and disorders with sufficient breadth and depth, with appeal to both researchers and practitioners, makes this one of the most valuable books available on the topic. One of the hazards of discussing book cover art is that the covers dont always. Aliens and spaceships bruce penningtons retrofuturism. Following the positive reaction to my brief post highlighting the career of the british illustrator bruce pennington notably his artwork for the 1980 book cover of gene wolfes classic sciencefantasy publication shadow of the torturer i thought id feature a few more of his best regarded images. See more ideas about science fiction art, sci fi art and cover art.
Jan 15, 2008 bruce pennington has been among my favorite sffantasy artists since the late 1980s. In 1974 bruce pennington achieved considerable fame when his cover design for lost worlds of 2001 was featured on the cover of the first issue of, the now legendary, science fiction monthly. His artwork was used on the first hardcover and paperback editions of the book of the new sun, the island of dr death and other stories and other stories, gene wolfes book of days, the fifth head of cerberus and the devil in a forest. Dec 30, 2016 bruce pennington desperate to find woman he saw in sevenoaks, kent.
We had a thread for him on the old board but sadly its little more than a nightmare of broken linksnow maybe ill salvage some comment from it later. Pennington s past of speculation and youthful wonderment lead to. Send us your terrible covers so we can document the carnage to our eyes. Although his cover illustration for a princess of mars, the first book in the series, has two glaring errors green martians have four arms and banths have. Pennington s works have largely featured on the covers of novels of the likes of isaac asimov, clark ashton smith and robert a. See more ideas about science fiction art, sci fi art and 70s sci fi art. Fantasy book coversbook cover artfantasy booksfantasy artpulp fiction.
Below is a small selection, beginning with some of his covers for a series of ray bradbury books in the late 1960s. Were proud to protect this historical airplane with our customfit cover. Over the next seven years his career took off, undertaking many more covers for new english library before being taken up by other publishing houses. The fantastic and apocalyptic art of bruce pennington. From the new sun to dune, bruce pennington an sionnach fionn. Jun 16, 2015 bruce pennington is a wellknown british painter that made a name for himself with book covers. Pro book covers custom book cover design for over 10 years. Good show sir only the worst scififantasy book covers. Originally printed on a silver background, they reflected the obsession of the times with all things. May 28, 20 a tribute to one of the finest pulp cover artists of the 1970s, bruce pennington.
Bruce pennington painted beautifully evocative covers for many books, principally in the scifi and fantasy genres. An interview with isaac stewart an interview with jonathan burton, artist of. Weve worked with authors who are just starting out, all the way up to new york times bestsellers. See more ideas about cover art, art and science fiction art. The article is lavishly illustrated with examples of some of his most iconic book covers from the 60s to the 80s and beyond. His art is a weird and wonderful portal into the motherfucking twilight zone.
Bruce pennington 70s sci fi art, sci fi art, fantasy. Children of dune bruce pennington cover art frank herbert. In the 1970s two cover artists stood out among the piles of books in the little science fiction corner at w. Five paperback covers with art by bruce pennington. Pennington s works have largely featured on the covers of novels of isaac asimov, clark ashton smith and robert a. We also do full layouts for print, banners and promotional materials, as well as trailers. The tuskegee airmen national historical museum just ordered a canopy cover from bruce s custom covers for their north american at6g. Just playing around with moviemaker and decided to create a filmic slideshow of my bruce pennington cover collection to celebrate my. The best ones, for me, are when figures are set against massive backdrops and lurid landscapes giving the viewer a great sense of scale and adventure. An interview with isaac stewart an interview with jonathan burton, artist of george r. Heinlein, adopting both science fiction and fantastical themes.
Bruce did the cover art to the dune novels in the 1960s and 70s. The amazingly colorful, beautifully bizarre, and strangely serene science fiction art of bruce pennington. Portrait of a master fantasy artist the books very soon sold out. Fantasy book cover art by bruce pennington the skull. Science fiction cover art bruce pennington c p w stonehouse. The lost art of bruce pennington pingback by black gate blog archive the top 50 black gate posts in february march 31, 2014 1. Sadly i missed the bruce pennington exhibition, in the autumn of 20, in brighton. Aug 03, 2011 the work of british artist bruce pennington was very familiar to uk readers of sf, fantasy and horror paperbacks during the 1970s and 1980s, especially on titles from new english library.
The paintings of bruce pennington can still be bought used through amazon. In his career as a book cover artist bruce pennington produced over two hundred for many of the most famous authors in the fields of. I have been an admirer of his work since reading the martian series by edgar rice burroughs, which were the very first science fiction books i ever read. One of the strangest books to come out of the 1970s fantasy art imprint paper tiger had to be bruce penningtons eschatus 1976. See more ideas about sci fi books, science fiction books and science fiction. Laghima 1991 child of an ancient city 1992 the goblin mirror 1993 faery in shadow 1993 calibans hour 1994 also appeared as. These include two more wraparound illustrations for the. All covers scans are from the pulpcrush collection. Fantasy book cover art by bruce pennington im a massive fan of old school scifi and fantasy book cover art, the kind of art that gives life to the wondrous tales of imagination. Music is from the movie soundtrack of sunshine by john. In 1976, paper tiger books published an lpsized graphic album, eschatus, featuring penningtons paintings inspired by the prophecies of. He mostly draws for book covers, focusing on the imagination and speculation. Five paperback covers with art by bruce pennington 31 march 2014 10 august 2016 rc more scans of books selected from the piles that continually rise and fall and fall and rise again around me here in our tiny home office. Below are some pages from penningtons first book, eschatus, a largeformat collection of paintings interpreting the prophecies of nostradamus as an apocalyptic science fiction narrative taking place in the 24th century.
Bruce pennington born 10 may 1944, in somerset, england is a british painter, perhaps best known for his science fiction and fantasy novel cover art. Ive already briefly spoken about pennington as one of the iconic science fiction book artists of the era, working largely with new english library. I do remember the taste for nostradamian prophecies in the 70s, and clearly pennington rode a bandwagon on that one, but the concept is great and he doesnt actually try to interpret the poetry. Bruce pennington the stainless steel rats revenge by harry harrison 1978 sphere books cover by isfdb print by sciencefictiongallery. Bruce pennington is a british painter, perhaps best known for his science fiction and fantasy novel cover art.
He mostly draws for book covers, focusing on the imagination and. Bruce pennington illustrator of book of the vampire. Penningtons works have largely featured on the covers of novels of isaac. Bruce pennington this interview was originally printed in cimmerian shadows issue 2. In autumn 2014 bruce pennington featured in the lead article of illustrators magazine issue 9, in which he tells the story of his artistic life in his own words. Bruce penningtons classic cover art for dune by frank herbert. Unusual piece of work, previously unknown to me, by this artist whose work well all have seen on book covers throughout the 1970s. The best book covers for fahrenheit 451, from 1953 to today. Bruce pennington is the man when it comes to neurodevelopmental disordersand abnormal behavior in generalso this is a mustread. In his career as a book cover artist bruce pennington produced over two hundred for many of the most famous authors in the fields of fantasy and science fiction. A lot has changed since the last edition of this book and pennington et al. Dune book series, new english library fonts in use. For lovers of sciencefiction and fantasy book art from the 1970s and 80s the name of bruce pennington looms large. A portrait of a master fantasy artist 2012 tales of the cthulhu mythos.
Black gate articles the lost art of bruce pennington. Score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. An interview with artist bruce pennington ultans library. A tribute to one of the finest pulp cover artists of the 1970s, bruce pennington. I dont think ive ever seen any bruce pennington covers in the u. Bruce pennington desperate to find woman he saw in sevenoaks, kent. Bruce pennington art the sunset warrior by eric van lustbader book cover science fiction kunst science art fantasy comics fantasy rpg dungeons and dragons game book cover art book covers fantasy kunst types of art. The work of british artist bruce pennington was very familiar to uk readers of sf, fantasy and horror paperbacks during the 1970s and 1980s, especially on titles from new english library. Jun 06, 2012 the best book covers for fahrenheit 451, from 1953 to today. Cover for gene wolfe, gene wolfes book of days, c bruce pennington. Aug 04, 2011 the derleth cover is purloined from jovikes excellent flickr collection which includes several pennington covers. Bruce pennington born 10 may 1944 in somerset is a british painter, perhaps best known for his science fiction and fantasy novel cover art.949 731 268 182 215 183 25 262 108 296 934 898 501 540 1384 443 1290 863 1121 484 252 925 785 421 240 219 941 413 1011 394 244 1177 1188 1337 1116 817 310 982 103 1153 1191 1383 1465 193