(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).