Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Pennington, Bruce

(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

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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.