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.
Richard M. Powers
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.