SF-18

Artist:Dean Ellis
Date:1970
Medium:Acrylic on Illustration Board With Applied Mixed Media Collage Elements
Dimensions:Sight Size 17 1/2" x 28 1/2"
Condition:Excellent
Original Use:Cover for SF-18 by Gorgi Books
Price:$5,500.00
Full view of cover illustration

Full view of cover illustration

Verso identification label

Verso identification label

 

The painting as it appeared as the cover for a science fiction collection titled SF-18

The painting as it appeared as the cover for a science fiction collection titled SF-18

A spectacular, large format, science fiction painting by Dean Ellis which was used as the paperback cover for the 1970 Corgi published compilation of science fiction writing, SF-18, New Writings in Science Fiction. These were a published series of 30 British science fiction anthologies released from 1964 to 1977 under the successive editorships of John Carnell from 1964 to 1972 and Kenneth Bulmer from 1973 to 1977.

This is a commanding and inventive example that bears stylistic similarities to the artist's most iconic work, a cover for The Illustrated Man, which recently sold for $42,000 at Ray Bradbury's estate auction. Here is a view of that painting.

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Artist Dean Ellis : 1920 - 2008, was born in Detroit, MI. Ellis studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and served in the Pacific during WWII. He worked as an illustrator and painter after the war, and in 1950, Life included him in a list of the 19 most promising young American artists. He moved to New York in 1956, and created covers for Ray Bradbury novels in the 1960s, which led to jobs painting cover art for many of the SF publishers at the time. He also designed postage stamps for the US and other countries, and his paintings have been collected and exhibited widely.

Handsomely framed and matted behind glass

Handsomely framed and matted behind glass

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Verso view before framing

Verso view before framing

Frame profile and corner view

Frame profile and corner view



 

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