Richard M. Powers
My all-time favorite artist is Richard Powers, whose surreal book cover illustrations are instantly recognizable today. An extremely versatile stylist, he…
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SELF PORTRAIT. Richard M. Powers (1921-1996) brought fine art influences from abstraction and surrealism into science fiction illustration, where he was one of the dominant forces from the 1950s to the 1980s. He produced an estimated 1400 covers in almost all commercial genres, the vast bulk of them in science fiction.
Andy Partridge of XTC and Dukes Of Stratosphere fame. One of his latest musical works, simply called Powers. It’s music based on the sci fi book cover art of Richard M Powers, and is all spooky electronics and doomy noise. Brilliantly made, it could be classic early 60s lost in space stuff but was made last year in a shed in Swindon. Comes in a lovely book like cover too. This is inspiring on many levels.
Richard Powers: Alien Landscape. Original artwork created 1980s- early 90s, a beauty of a collage and acrylic abstract surreal landscape in muted to intense shades of brown - beige - black. This is a terrific example, nicely sized 19" x 33" on masonite. Very representative of Powers' trademark style.
Richard Powers: Man on a Swing. Original artwork created 1980s, with all the earmarks of being either a cover or possible alternate cover prepared for a book jacket commission, title unknown, but signed "Powers" bottom left [if you recognize the image, let me know!] The artwork is 20" x 19" in acrylics on Illustration Board.
Richard M. Powers - Science Fiction Illustration Original Art | Lot #4138 | Heritage Auctions
Notable for the way transparent, disembodied molecular shapes with ambiguous meaning suggest the building blocks of living matter, Richard Powers worked in a '"dreamscape" style reminiscent of Surrealist art. His ground-breaking science fiction work brought a metaphysical reality to commercial illustration, garnering him admiration and many imitators.