Frank Frazetta The Tempest Oil Painting Original Art (1988)....
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Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
9478 West Olympic Blvd., 1st Floor
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Frazetta scholars have often opined that this iconic pose is one of the seminal images of modern fantasy art. The popular culture paintings that Frazetta once created for a fee of a few thousand dollars have quickly advanced to the five-figure range in the collector's market, and the going rate for prime Frazetta fantasy masterworks has climbed steadily. With a limited number of these masterpieces offered in the marketplace and collector demand unabated, it seems probable that today's hammer price may be seen as a bargain in the years ahead. This peak period, world-class oil on Masonite painting by the universally acknowledged "world-beater" of fantasy art, Frank Frazetta, measures an overall 16.5" x 24". It's in Excellent condition, and is signed with the hallmark flourishes of the classic Frazetta signature at the lower left.
Frazetta, Frank:Frank Frazetta (American, b. 1928): An artistic prodigy, Frank Frazetta broke into comic books at the age of 16 out of economic necessity. A series of landmark Buck Rogers covers for Famous Funnies and several outstanding EC jobs brought Frazetta to the attention of comic strip artist Al Capp, and he was soon hired to assist on the Li'l Abner Sunday strips from 1952-61. By the time that Frazetta had quit working for Capp, the comic book market had atrophied and his freelance opportunities had all but dried up. Frazetta was forced into the illustration market at large, and it proved to be a blessing in disguise. After creating a series of well-received movie posters and paperback covers, Frazetta's fortune was secured when he painted his world-famous paperback covers for Robert E. Howard's Conan character. A string of spectacular covers for Warren Publishing's titles Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella added to his success. Frank Frazetta is now widely regarded as the master of modern fantasy art..
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