|(From the book "Solar Wind Vol.1")|
Deborah Susan Jones :
A collection of science fiction short stories by British
writer J. G. Ballard, Vermilion
first published in 1971 and the Artist was asked in 1974 (publsihed in 1975) to
create new cover art for this collection of stories set
in the imaginary vacation resort called Vermilion Sands.
in the book are created around stereotypical upscale and idle rich
types that could be found in a kind of exclusive holiday retreat.
given the book to illustrate, by then Art Director Steve Abis at
Panther Books in London's Soho, the Artist noted Ballard's intro in the
book, which said "Vermilion Sands has more than its
full share of dreams and illusions, fears and fantasies, but the frame
for them is less confining. I like to think, too, that it celebrates
the neglected virtues of the glossy, lurid and bizarre."
given that a
Times Literary Supplement review stated that Ballard was "one of the
creators of evocative landscapes in modern fiction and achieves this
effect partly by painting his desert in the manner of Dali, a mixture
of appalling clarity and the exotic", certainly, the Artist,
who'd spent many, many Sundays as a young man, indeed, even as a
very young child, observing and researching the works of Dali at
London's Tate Gallery in the 1950 and 60s, saw this connection (albeit unconsciously) in the
writings of Ballard and was able to infuse the book cover art with a blend
of Dali-esk and pulp magazine art content along with contemporary SF styled imagery to create this
image, even though, in the heady days of his early career, he was not even
aware, objectively, that he was doing so, it being entirely instinctive
rather than in any way analytical.
any event, all the above as it may be (recalled by the Artist) as was
ever and indeed is stll the case, the Artist was just captivated by the
ideas streaming from Ballard's writing and excited in creative response
to just "get on with it" and do what seemed exciting and interesting and
not even thinking (objectively or analytically) as to anything other
that just "having a creative fun time" and "producing an exciting
image" in response to the text.
Analysis "is for others" - "fun is for the Artist" (on the day").
"Heady days . . . . . . . . . . . "
Deborah Susan Jones