(Cover for Fiction, #200 (August, 1970), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
Our adventures in French SF magazine cover art continue! A little more than a month ago I posted on Claude Lacroix’s Delicate Lines and Mutations and we press on in a similar manner with the art of Wojtek Siudmak, a Polish-born artist based in France.
I am deliberately featuring only Siudmak’s first two years of cover art (he was very prolific): 1970-1972. Between these years he mostly illustrated the major French SF magazines Fiction and Galaxie. As I mentioned in the previous post, the 60s and 70s covers for Fiction—“the leading journal of science fiction and fantasy in France” until its cancellation in 2015—were characterized by simple color schemes and delightful line work. Siudmak adeptly works within these restrictions. He might best known for a prog rock album cover I’ve included at the end of the post—however I prefer his early cover work. A few of his surreal 80s paintings are brilliant—Les Temps comes to mind. His disconcerting 1970 cover for Fiction, #200 is my favorite due to the bizarre implications of the image. The odd growths and head-encompassing contraption on the young woman in Galaxie, #92 suggests unusual alien operations.
Deconstructed bodies, reconstructed bodies.
For a general history SF in France see SF Encyclopedia
As always, thoughts/comments welcome! Do you have a favorite?
(Cover for Galaxie, #92 (January 1972), ed. Michel Demuth)
(Cover for Galaxie, #102 (November 1972), ed. Michel Demuth)
(Cover for Fiction, #195 (March 1970), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
(Cover for (August 1972), ed. Alain Dorémieux)
(Cover for the 1977 album Ocean by Eloy)
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