Space art by Andrew Stewart
It is time to meet Andrew Stewart, probably the most spaced-out artist on the planet this side of Chris Foss. With many covers for Astronomy books and magazines under his belt as well as covers for such famous authors as Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking he is certainly a quantum force to be reckoned with.
Andrew Stewart is a self taught freelance artist based in Nottingham in England. He says he has always been into astronomy, fantasy and science fiction with influences ranging from Salvador Dali to HR Giger. Andrew Stewart always hoped to meet Carl Sagan but sadly he died before that was possible. Carl Sagan’s widow was however so impressed with his artwork that she asked him to do the cover for Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Connection that was only ready to be published after his death. He works mainly with airbrush preferring to use acrylic inks and liquitex paint since this gives a better performance when working with an airbrush (usually a paasch v/vv, vjb or DeVilbliss lightweight gravity feed spray gun). In these days of vast amounts of computer-generated images it is great to see such monolithic painting being done with an airbrush and I’m sure that you’ll agree that the result leaves a lot of computer-generated art back at the starting gate. To take a trawl through the fabulously spaced-out world of Andrew Stewart just click here.
It wasn’t always this easy to buy fantasy and sci-fi prints and posters. In the early 70s you could buy various fantasy posters by artists like Roger Dean in the shops and into the 80s you could buy Rodney Matthews, Chris Foss posters too. You could buy some reprinted fantasy and sci-fi posters in the early 90s and also buy some quality art prints too but by 1994 when Artists UK started the high street shops were becoming quite conservative and mainstream in what they stocked. You could buy pop posters and kitch easily but not buy quality fantasy and sci-fi art posters or prints in most places. Most places were looking for quick turnover high profit stock. They followed the trends so you could easily buy flavour of the month but not so easily buy the old classics. We have always aimed to be different so you can buy fantasy and sci-fi prints and posters that you’ll never buy in the shops. Yep, some stuff we have for years whilst other stuff you buy up quickly but the customer emails saying how they’ve been trying to buy that fantasy poster or sci-fi print somewhere for years makes it all worthwhile. We are really pleased to have made it easier to buy fantasy and sci-fi prints and posters. And if you want to do that right now then just click here.
Well given the controversy over the new film AVATAR and the alleged wholesale ripping off of Roger Dean’s ideas I guess it is only appropriate to make Roger Dean’s ‘Floating Islands’ our Picture of the Month for December. Here it is:
This image of it is from the Roger Dean Floating Islands poster published by Pomegranate
The thing to remember is that Roger Dean was painting fantasy landscapes before most of those watching the film AVATAR were even born! If you are under 35 years old then while you were gurgling and attempting to spray the entire room with your latest meal he was out there making amazing art like this. Roger Dean is thought of as one of the greatest fantasy artists but he thinks of himself much more as a landscape artist and designer. As is often the case, the works that Roger Dean is so famous for are not necessarily what he considers to be the main areas of his interest or expertise. Whatever, his influence is tremendous and his surreal floating islands along with his waterfalls under water have captured the imagination of many people including it would now seem a film director called Cameron.
Ed Org has these remaining dates for this year:
21/22 Wimpole Hall, Wimpole Estate, Royston, Cambs.
28/29 Ludlow Medieval Festival, Ludlow Castle, Shropshire.
5/6 Woodstock Craft Fair, Woodstock Town Hall, Oxon.
12/13 Xmas Arts and Crafts, Wood Green Animal Shelter, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambs.
19 Xmas Crafts, Langdale Hall, Witney, Oxon.
So if you want to catch Ed Org “in the flesh” then here’s your chance and you’ll see he actually is flesh coloured and not, as you might think, composed of wonderfully delicate shades of graphite :-)
To see Ed Org’s wonderful artwork click here.
We are going to start putting up a classic here each month. That is a perhaps a bold statement with the hectic couple of months of pre-Christmas trading fast approaching but let’s see what happens. Anyway, this picture really deserves a lot more attention than it currently gets. The real problem is that no photograph can actually do it justice at all. When we traded at Merton Abbey Mills in South London all those years ago the Limited Edition of this painting, despite being fairly pricey, still outsold a lot of cheaper prints because it would just stop people dead in their tracks. It is just a stunning work of art admired by art-lovers and artists alike all over the world. It is called ‘Blind Narcissus’ and is by the extremely talented and well-known artist Jeff Jones.
Blind Narcissus by Jeff Jones
Painted in the 70’s the original painting is 90″ x 48″ painted in oils on stretched linen. The Limited Edition print was published in 1979 so it is 30 years old this year! Image size of the Limited edition print is still a massive 850 x 425mm and is signed and numbered by the artist over 1000. It is printed on acid-free board. Often considered as a beautiful centrepiece for any large room or at the end of a hallway. There is also a collectible poster version of it as the Big O poster published by Dragon’s Dream and distributed through Big O Publishing. If you want to see more on the print or poster or see more art by Jeff Jones then just click on the image. One of the things that strikes people about this painting is its enigmatic quality. The posture of the woman is unusual in itself but seems somehow not that contrived. The way her dress seems to merge into the ground gives a vaguely ghostly air to the whole painting. The painting technique itself is reminiscent of the best of the pre-raphaelites. We really couldn’t think of a better classic to kick off our new theme with.