Frank Frazetta The Tempest Oil Painting
Original Art (1988).
This magnificent painting is the second
version of a similar painting, the 1967 paperback cover for Lin
Carter's novel Thongor Against the Gods
. This unforgettable
image of a brawny barbarian jolted by an elemental lightning strike
from the heavens above has inspired other spin-off projects such as
Richard Williams' famous animated cologne commercial for Jovan
in 1978. In the mid-eighties Frazetta was
commissioned to paint this larger, revised version of the
scene for a computer software ad campaign. With this
added exposure this pose became an iconic touchstone of the late
'60s-early '90s -- a euphoric moment of enlightenment, symbolic of
a Prometheus unbound.
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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