- POWERS, Richard M.
- (1921-)US illustrator. Born in Chicago, he studied in several art schools in that area before and after WWII. He began work in sf ILLUSTRATIONno later than 1950 - an early abstract RMP cover being forIsaac ASIMOV's Pebble in the Sky (1950) - for DOUBLEDAYwhere he also did mysteries and Westerns, and also with 2 1952 covers for Gal. When Ian Ballantine founded BALLANTINE BOOKS in 1952 he approached RMP to do coversfor him. Although some of his early work there was representational (some of the early Doubleday work had been abstract), RMP soon - with the cover for Arthur C. CLARKE's CHILDHOOD'S END (1953) - adopted a Surrealist style (much influenced by Yves Tanguy (1900-1955) and Joan Miro (1893-1983)) unique in sf; it became the trademark of Ballantine's 1950s sf. RMP's glowing and sometimes whimsical paintings are full of amorphous shapes, floating in space or over surreal landscapes, and have been enormously influential in sf illustration. He did a little more magazine-cover work, but most of his prolific sf cover illustration - he worked in other fields as well, including children's books - was for books, for Ballantine, Pocket Books, Berkley Books, MacFadden, Dell and others. After his firstwife's death he dropped most of his commercial work during the 1960s, then returned in the 1970s, not quite so prolifically but as forcefully as ever. He has had many exhibitions, in New York's Rehn Gallery and elsewhere; his work commands as much respect outside sf as in it. With RMP's work the packaging of sf could be said to have come of age. Coversno longer required glamorous space girls or technological hardware, and Surrealism captured sf's disturbing essence just as strongly as ray-gunsor monsters. A portfolio is Spacetimewarp Paintings(1983).PN/JG
Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. Academic. 2011.
Look at other dictionaries:
Richard M. Powers — (February 24, 1921 – March 9, 1996) was a science fiction illustrator. Contents 1 Life and work 2 Cultural influence 3 Collections 4 Illustrated books … Wikipedia
Richard Chanfray — (Lyon, 1940 Saint Tropez, 1983 07 14) was a French public figure in the 1970s. He claimed to be the Comte de Saint Germain and appeared in numerous European television shows claiming to transmute lead into gold. [Fanthorpe, Lionel and Fanthorpe,… … Wikipedia
Richard Zeeman — Richard Alaric Zeeman is a fictional character in the series of novels by Laurell K. Hamilton. Character introductionWithin the novels, Richard s primary role is as one of the primary love interests of the series heroine, . Explanation of the… … Wikipedia
Richard Powers — Infobox Writer imagesize = 150px name = Richard Powers caption = pseudonym = birthdate = Birth date and age|1957|6|18 birthplace = Evanston, Illinois deathdate = deathplace = occupation = Novelist nationality = United States period = genre =… … Wikipedia
Richard Powers — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Powers. Richard Powers, né le 18 juin 1957 à Evanston dans l Illinois aux États Unis, est un écrivain américain. Biographie Après quelques années d études de physique, Richard Powers commence des études … Wikipédia en Français
Richard Helms — United States Ambassador to Iran In office April 5, 1973 – January 1, 1977 President Richard Nixon Gerald Ford … Wikipedia
Richard Powers — (* 18. Juni 1957 in Evanston, Illinois, USA) ist ein US amerikanischer Schriftsteller. Er gilt als wichtiger Romancier der Gegenwart. Bekannt wurde Powers vor allem für die literarische Verarbeitung naturwissenschaftlicher und philosophischer… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Powers of the President of the United States — Powers of State= Because the United States is a presidential system, the President fulfils the roles of both chief of state and head of government. As chief of state, the President of the United States represents the nation at home and abroad. In … Wikipedia
Richard Powers (dance historian) — Richard Powers is an expert in American social dance, noted for his choreographies for dozens of stage productions and films, and his workshops in Paris, Rome, Prague, London, Venice, Geneva, St. Petersburg and Tokyo as well as across the U.S.… … Wikipedia
Richard Powers (disambiguation) — Richard Powers may refer to: * Richard Powers (born 1957), American novelist and 2006 winner of the National Book Award for Fiction * Richard Powers (dance historian), American choreographer and dance historian * Richard M. Powers (1921–1996),… … Wikipedia
Richard Rahl — (also known as Richard Cypher) is the protagonist in The Sword of Truth fantasy series by Terry Goodkind. He is the adopted son of George Cypher and the younger stepbrother of Michael Cypher. He grew up as a woods guide in Westland and as a… … Wikipedia