‘Iapetus: The Monolith Waits’ (2016) by Steve Dodd. A
brand new painting from Steve Dodd, his first new space/scifi painting
in nearly 30 years. It is based on Arthur C Clarke’s book of 2001 rather
than the movie.
Steve Dodd is a
US artist who was at his most prolific in the 1980s with works
featured in Starlog, Omni and Future Life magazines along with European
book covers, art exhibitions with the Hildebrandt brothers and a commendation
from Arthur C Clarke. For various reasons Steve stepped back from the
rough and tumble of the scifi art scene which was hyper-competitive and
he eventually stopped painting. Over the last few years he has shared
some of his work with me, most never seen outside his studio. With this
spectacular painting Steve is most definitely back in business!
Formed by centuries of erosion and sandstorms, The White Desert features unique calcium rock formations that crop up across the landscape like great abstract statues. Some of the well-recognized monoliths have been given names like “mushroom”, “ice-cream cone,” and “the Monolith.” Only in The White Desert will you encounter such a bizarre and awe-inspiring natural museum of chalk-rock.
Many people spend a night camping in the desert with Bedouin guides, where they can observe the changing faces of the monoliths as the bright sun of the afternoon sinks into a shadowy dusk. As the sun goes down, the calcium sea seems to reflect all the fuchsias and oranges of the sky.
For this new 240 page illustrated edition, Joe contributed seven colour illustrations that capture the book’s vision. Featuring a holographic foil, pearlescent spot varnish cover which is enclosed in a 9½“ X 6¼“
Metallic foil slipcase.