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Category Archive: 'Powers Artwork'

Skeleton Pirate vs Zombie Pirate

Posted by: John on October 23rd, 2008 at 12:01
Posted in: On Stranger Tides, Powers Artwork

On Stranger Tides is one of my favourite Powers novels - I mean come on! Voodoo magic? Zombie Pirates? The Fountain of Youth? Who doesn't want to read an adventure chock-full of all that stuff? I remember I first read that book back in the late 80s and as well as loving the novel, I was captivated by the cover art - I'm talking here of the UK edition published by Grafton, which featured an amazingly strong cover image painted by Richard Clifton-Dey.

The artist died in 1997, but left behind an incredible body of work, now highly sought after by collectors. This wasn't always the case - a few years ago now, I began to make enquiries about his pirate painting and these led me (after some considerable investigation work!) into contact with his agent, the hugely helpful Alison Eldred who told me that following his death, Clifton-Dey's widow had basically shut down his studio and put everything under wraps. Perhaps my interest in the pirate painting might convince her it was time to look at allowing some of the originals on to the market. On my behalf Alison kindly travelled down to visit Mrs Clifton-Dey and found a treasure trove of his work, all stored, preserved and untouched since his death. And there also she found, in perfect condition, the pirate painting and also his cover art for the Grafton edition of The Anubis Gates (this edition being the very first Powers book I ever read, and largely becuase of the cool cover!), along with the preparatory sketches for both commissions. I ended up with both the paintings and the sketches and no, they're not for sale!

In this recent blog entry, the wonderful American artist Jim Gurney wrote a piece about his experiences of producing the cover art for the original Ace edition of On Stranger Tides, a painting that has been reused a number of times, most recently on the recent Czech translation and on the Subterranean Press reissue of the novel
published earlier this year. You can read this fascinating article by following the link above. Most interesting to me was the inclusion of the image shown below of Gurney's preparatory watercolours for the eventual image - a wonderful accompaniment to Clifton-Dey's pencil sketches above. As to which of the two images make for the best cover... well, that is a debate that will run and run!

John Berkey : 1932 – 2008

Posted by: John on May 1st, 2008 at 17:39
Posted in: Dinner At Deviant's Palace, Powers Artwork, Powers News

I was very sad to learn of the death of the John Berkey, the hugely talented artist who provided the cover art for the ACE first edition of Dinner at Deviant's Palace. A few years ago I was lucky enough to acquire (from Worlds of Wonder) a couple of gorgeous Berkey pieces which were in fact two (of three) preliminary water colours that he created for this painting. I've no idea where the third one ended up, nor the final artwork for that matter, but the two paintings I have are just wonderful. Some relevant links (courtesy of LOCUS)...

New Drawing Added to the Gallery

Posted by: John on October 25th, 2007 at 20:24
Posted in: Powers Artwork

I've added a new Powers drawing to the Tim Powers Art Gallery page, kindly donated by Pat Hough. Thanks Pat!

If you have a drawing or doodle by Powers that you'd like to share with the world, please drop me a line at webkeep {at} theworksoftimpowers {dot} com