The Art Of Bruce Pennington

Bruce Pennington
(born 10 May 1944 in Somerset) is a British painter, perhaps best known for his science fiction and fantasy novel cover art. Pennington’s works have largely featured on the covers of novels of the likes of Isaac Asimov, Clark Ashton Smith and Robert A. Heinlein, adopting both science fiction and fantastical themes. Pennington’s past of speculation and youthful wonderment lead to his current outlandish form and style.

Pennington’s works are largely characterised by bold, daring colours; rich pinks and blues sustaining his continuing motifs of speculation as well as precise brush strokes, harmonious pigment blending as well as the acute concentration in the detail of his depicted subjects, usually landscapes of other times or worlds.

Pennington, earlier disenchanted with traditional art methods, pursued his youthful fascination with that of the imagined and speculated.


‘With my imagination fuelled by strong infusions of Tangerine Dream’s music and other psychosonic influences, I did them quite often while recovering from bouts of migraine between 1976 & 78 when I was gradually pulling away from the gravitational “anxiety field” of Eschatus with all its schedules and commitments.

It was during this period that, strangely, my creativity seemed at its most feverish and potent.

Only the first of the drawings has ever been reproduced in print (in Ultraterranium).’


3 responses to “The Art Of Bruce Pennington

  1. I’d like a high quality print of Mr Pennington’s illustration for Brian Aldiss’s The Airs of Earth. I’ve never come across one and the original painting wasn’t on display at his 2012 exhibition in London…has the original been lost, or in the hands of a lucky private collector?

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