The celebrated Brighton artist and musician Dan Woods died peacefully in the early hours of the morning on 7th January 2019 after a couple of bad years with terminal cancer. He was stoic, cheerful and positive even during our last conversation not long before he died. His bravery in the face of this horrific terminal illness and the hellish pain and disability he suffered was nothing short of awe-inspiring.
He is sorely missed by family, friends and fans of his art and music over the many years he has been creating artwork and music. As the Fish Brothers guitarist for many years (often under the name of Chesty Charnsworth) he is especially missed by fans who remember his blazing technical solos worthy of Ollie Halsall or Allan Holdsworth while at the same time the band, who were all very competent musicians as well, proclaimed themselves to be “totally crap”.
I met Dan at school when we were eleven years old and only one person outside his family has known him longer than that. Howard has known him since they were eight years old at junior school where Howard claims he regularly beat him up … in the face of overwhelming evidence that this never even happened once.
What is known by very few people is that Artists UK would not have existed if it had not been for Dan. An odd coincidence had me out of work in 1994 just when Dan had published some prints that he was having some trouble marketing and selling. He was an artist through and through and selling himself or his work was, as it is to many creative people, a rather distasteful and almost dirty occupation, far away from the sublime inspiration of art and music. Being at the time plunged in that dirt and mire and unable to find a convenient spitirtual shower I said I’d have a go at selling them. This I did and then branched out adding in other artists and merchandise to end up with the massive portfolio of over 2,000 products today. But Dan’s section has been there all the time during these 25 years for fans of his art to collect his great art prints and we will continue to keep his section live as long as we still have stocks of his prints.
Personally, I owe more to Dan than just Artist UK though. For my 13th birthday he gave me a book that changed my life. It was ‘Day of the Triffids’ by John Wyndham and that really kick-started my love-affair with science fiction that arose naturally after buying the comic FANTASTIC! around the time we met. That comic contained reprints of American Marvel comics although we didn’t know that at the time. Dan and I both developed a fascination for fantasy and science-fiction as well as for all sorts of music and spiritual practices like meditation and yoga. We took different directions in life but in many ways it was the same inspiration that he expressed to me in our teens that saw him through one of the worst kinds of illness that anyone could suffer with such positivity, dignity and maturity.
The first band (Dan on left)
John Vernon Lord sent us these fabulous images from his notebook. It includes a wonderful set of illustrated palindromes and if you don’t know what a palindrome is then shame on you and go look it up. For those unaware of the legendary Mr. Lord or think he used to play keyboards for Deep Purple rather than having designed one of their iconic album covers then enjoy these fabulous offerings!
Although there is of course still much to be done before the new Dark Crystal extravaganza hits the screens next year Brian Froud has finished his work on the project and is taking a well-deserved rest. It has been a lot of woerk and a massive outlay of creative energy but we’re certain it will all have been worthwhile when the latest chapter of The Dark Crystal legacy finally emerges. Of course, he isn’t completely relaxing and has just signed some godd fairies art prints for us that I’m sure his many eager fans will be looking to buy for themselves or as Christmas presents. You’ll find the new stock right here and the overall Brian Froud section is here.
Here are your very last chances to see Ed Org in person at the shows he is attending this year:
30th September – Bath Vintage and Collectors . Green Park Station . Bath .
6/7th October – Antiques & Collectors Fair . National Botanical Garden of Wales . Llanarthne . SA32 8HG
20/21 October – Art & Antiques . The Mona Showground . Gwalchmai . Anglesey . LL65 4RW
28th October – Vintage & Artisan Fair . The Cornhall . Cirencester . Gloucestershire . GL7 2NY
10/11 November – Detling Antiques & Collectors Fair, Kent County Showground, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF
17/18 November – Art & Antiques Fair . Devon Showground . Westpoint . Exeter . EX5 1DJ
24/25 November – Ludlow Medieval Fair . Ludlow . Shropshire . SY8 3AR
If you having spent most of your life living in Alpha Centuri and are therefore not yet familiar with the amazing work of this incredible artist then just take a look here.
Having acquired a decade of skills in the fields of concept art and graphic design, I couldn’t resist putting myself to the ultimate test of creating an entire world inspired by my own imagination. It’s every kid’s dream, right?
After a few months of extremely careful and realistic calculations, I decided that the time had come for me to unleash some magic and get my very first art book underway, with the intention of kicking off a series of art books to follow. “Worldview” is going to be released as a (100+page) print-on-demand product through Amazon’s CreateSpace, and also as a digital e-book.
Works in progress:
My goal is to complete all of the art and have the book ready to print over the course of a year, release date December 2018. My first book is intended to inspire and provoke imagination to all who get their hands on it; other artists, film makers, writers, or those who simply enjoy escaping into the world of science fiction.
Who will my book be relevant to?
Anyone with a love for industry-standard sci-fi digital art! Though I am already being supported by a large number of professional and hobbyist artists from around the world, there is a heavy influx of interest coming from parts of the general public who simply love escaping into the realms of science fiction.
Work in progress:
Who am I?
I’m a well-established concept artist who’s been working as a freelancer in the entertainment industry for over 10 years. You can see samples of my previous work here – my portfolio
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