Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Kelly, Ken

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(1946-    ) US painter and illustrator of epic fantasy. He studied under Frank Frazetta, from whom he inherited his tableau-style compositions and general ethos, though the influence of Boris Vallejo is also strongly in evidence. He works in oils in a generally subdued and subtle colour range. His figures are massively muscled and exaggeratedly heroic. Among his earliest published works were several covers for Warren Publishing. His paintings now appear mostly on book covers; a series for books by Robert E Howard received particular accolade. [RT]

Ken Kelly


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.