Saturday, 31 October 2009

Wilbur Smith paintings for sale

In the 1980's John Harris was commissioned by Secker and Warburg to produce covers for all the Wilbur Smith novels. This was the perfect opportunity for him to show his ability to paint evocative landscapes, and with many set in Africa this was going to involve some wonderful strong colour. The covers were felt to be one of the most successful sets produced, and now John is offering the originals for sale. Some are already on the website, and more will follow.

There are some examples above and if there are any other titles in particular which you'd be interested in seeing do let me know. He is asking for £400 per painting. They're painted in acrylics on board, and they measure 12 x 17 in. (30 x 43 cms)

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Mervyn Peake Exhibition

Anyone interested in the work of Mervyn Peake should visit the new exhibition of his illustration in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. There is a marvellous collection of work from Treasure Island, Alice, Grimm's Household Tales and from books written by Peake, including Gormenghast.

Here is one of Mr Pye, sitting on his cannon on Sark. Many people came to the opening of the exhibition, including someone who travelled from Sark. It seems that the appeal of Peake's work, both writing and illustration, is eternal. I was pleased to be involved with some of the preparations and felt almost moved to see such a huge collection, so beautifully presented.

For more information on the show, and to see how easy it is to travel to Yverdon from the UK, go to the Mervyn Peake blog.