Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Pennington, Bruce

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(1944-    ) UK sf/fantasy artist and illustrator, with an epic imagination and a strong, colourful painting style. Although his representations of the human figure can sometimes be a little stiff, his work nevertheless has a distinctive clarity and richness of colour which he uses to telling effect.

BP from 1967 worked as a freelance book-cover illustrator, doing Westerns, historical novels and then a cover for Robert A Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), after which he tended to specialize in sf and fantasy. His most important achievement was the apocalyptic Eschatus (graph 1977), a sequence of paintings representing the prophecies of Nostradamus and the Bible interpreted as a vision of the future: a new Dark Age whose eventual downfall comes about with the arrival of a long-awaited Messiah who heralds a millennium of peace. [RT]

other works: The Bruce Pennington Portfolio (graph coll 1991; cut vt B.P. 1994 chap).

further reading: Ultraterranium: The Paintings of Bruce Pennington (graph coll 1991).

Bruce Pennington


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.