Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Woodroffe, Patrick

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(1940-2014) UK artist, designer, etcher, painter and illustrator of fantasy and sf subjects with a meticulous, obsessive hatch-and-stipple line style and a finely detailed, richly coloured painting style. His work is fanciful and often poetic, with elements of the surreal, and with images of pubescent girl dolls in lace underwear a recurring motif. His influences include Salvador Dalí and Hieronymus Bosch, and his early work shows his affinity with the 1960s illustrator Alan Aldridge. He is also a typographer.

PW became a freelance artist and illustrator in 1972. He has produced hundreds of book and magazine covers and record-sleeve designs. Books of his work include: Mythopoeikon (graph 1976; cut vt P.W. 1994); The Adventures of Tinker, the Hole-Eating Duck (graph 1979), juvenile; Pentateuch (graph 1980; rev vt The Second Earth: The Pentateuch Retold 1987) with text by Dave Greenslade; Hallelujah Anyway (coll 1984), poetry; Micky's New Home (graph ?1985), juvenile; The Dorbott of Vacuo, or How to Live with the Fluxus Quo (graph 1987); and Pastures in the Sky (graph 1993). [RT]

further reading: A Closer Look (graph 1986) by PW examines his techniques.

Patrick Woodroffe


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.