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Saratoga Springs
Getting There
The City
The Saratoga Hilton
Overflow Hotels
Saratoga City Center
Guests of Honor
Steven Erikson
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Paul Di Filippo
Special Guests
Glen Cook
David Drake
Lloyd Currey
Rick Lieder
Kathe Koja
In Tribute
Graham Joyce
Waiting List
Supporting Membership
Registered Members
World Fantasy Awards
Life Achievement
2015 Nominees
Dealers' Room
Art Show
Richard Powers Exhibit
Publisher Liaison
Code of Conduct
Art Show Exhibit

The 41st World Fantasy Convention is pleased to offer special recognition of Richard Powers, one of the most influential and versatile illustrators in 20th century science fiction, fantasy and horror publishing. With illustrations ranging from surrealist spacescapes and fantastic landscapes to realistic portraits and collage cut-ups, he changed the visual language of book design.

Along with an Art Show exhibit curated by Special Guest Rick Lieder showcasing Powers' fantasy illustration throughout his career, including original paintings, posters and rare printed material, panel discussions will cover Powers' influence on fantasy art, the publishing industry and American illustration.

A digital presentation will run throughout the convention, with hundreds of images from Richard Powers' half-century career.

You can discover more by visiting dreampool.com/powers/, a web site curated by our Special Guest Rick Lieder.

Photo © Richard M. Powers
Richard M. Powers

Richard M. Powers
(February 24, 1921 March 9, 1996)

Born in Chicago 1921, Richard Michael Gorman Powers was introduced to art at age eleven when his uncle gave him a sketch book., He studied Greek at Loyola University before switching to art, taking classes at Mizen Academy, Chicago Art Institute and the University of Illinois, Chicago. After enlisting to join World War II, he took more art classes at the University of Kentucky during basic training, thereafter working in the Signal Corps in New York City. He married and began a career in illustrations for magazines and publishing houses, continuing his art education at the New School in New York.

He began by working in a conventional pulp paperback style, but quickly evolved a personal Surrealist idiom influenced by the cubists and surrealists, especially Picasso and Yves Tanguy. He also dabbled in abstract art and collage at a later age before dying in 1996 at the age of 75.

From the 1940s through the 1960s, he did many of covers for Doubleday. During the 1950s and 1960s, he served as an unofficial art director for Ballantine Books.
Source: Wikipedia
You can find out more by visiting www.richardmpowers.com.

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