SEACON'S SPECIAL ART EXHIBITS
We are fortunate at Seacon '79 in having, in
addition to the usual open-to-all Art Show, two
independently-staged Art Exhibitions,
representing the best in British-based
professional science-fiction and fantasy
The Dragon's Dream/Paper Tiger Art
Exhibition will take place in Hall 6 (see
exhibition hall plans, page 48 ). This exhibit will
also be open to the general public, so it is
essential to wear your convention
badge/identification when in transit between
this exhibit and the Hotel Metropole; if you do
not, your right to entry to the convention
facilities may well be challenged by on-site
Dragon's Dream was launched by the
publication of Roger Dean's Views' in 1975. It
introduced a format that was extraordinary at
that time, and has become the hallmark of
Dragon's Dream books. Large, full page colour
reproductions are married with informative and
lively texts, to produce a style that reflects the
immediacy of film production techniques.
Dragon's Dream publishes books that reflect
contemporary, popular art, especially in the
field of science-fiction, and comic strip
illustration, and produces them to a standard
that has attracted the best artists in these fields.
Paper Tiger is perhaps best known for books
like 'Album Cover Album' and 'Walk Away
Rene', which gave record sleeve art, and
modern commercial graphics in general, richly-
deserved recognition. But the company also
publishes books on astrology, 'Sword and
Sorcery' illustration, and fantastic natural
history. In its new list, Paper Tiger aims to revive
the illustrated story-book, using the best
contemporary writers and artists.
The following Dragon's Dream/Paper
Tiger artists are represented in this exhibit:
Since 1969, Chris Achilleos has
become one of the foremost fantasy
illustrators, mainly of book jackets
featuring science-fiction and "Sword
and Sorcery" tales. He cites as
influences the Greek myths of his childhood, Frank Bellamy's "Eagle" strips,
and American comic imports. He has
lived in England since 1960.
Paper Tiger published an anthology
of his work, 'Beauty and the Beast', in
1978, and will publish a portfolio of his
work this year.
Robert Beer has studied Tibetan
Thangka painting in India and Nepal.
His work reveals a deep knowledge of
Oriental religious art and iconography.
He is currently illustrating The Loom of
Light', legends of the Mahasiddhas,
translated by Keith Dowman, to be
published by Paper Tiger in 1979.
John Blanche's artistic influences and
interests are: "J.M.W. Turner, Arthur
Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley, Edmund
Dulac, Kay Nielson, Charles and
William Heath Robinson". He has illustrated The Prince and the Woodcutter'
by Henry Wolff, to be published by
Paper Tiger in 1979.