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Original Luis Royo Cover Painting for Heavy Metal Magazine (November 1992)
Starting Bid - $3,000.00, Sold For -
Presented is the original painting by Luis Royo of one of his most famous works. This painting first appeared on the cover of the November 1992 edition of Heavy Metal magazine and is one of Royo's most published works, used in books, Heavy Metal calendars, Heavy Metal advertisements and subscription cards, posters, prints, and even card sets. This is one of the signature pieces for both Luis Royo and Heavy Metal magazine. This work also appears as a full-page illustration in Royo's classic art book Malefic (1994, Norma Editorial, Spain). Luis Royo is perhaps the most highly regarded pinup/fantasy artist of the past twenty years. He is world renowned as the master of this genre, and he is the single most published cover artist in the history of Heavy Metal magazine. Royo, more than any other artist, is credited with defining the look of Heavy Metal magazine, and influencing the world of modern fantasy and pinup art. Royo's artwork has graced the covers of hundreds of magazines and books, and his work has been collected in a best-selling series of books devoted to his work. He is a rarity in the world of illustration art in that his popularity is literally worldwide. It is especially noteworthy that his original paintings are virtually nonexistent in the marketplace. It is possible that Royo originals simply never make it out of Europe, as he lives in Spain and his representatives are in Barcelona. The offered original painting was obtained directly from Royo in 1995. This is an outstanding and extremely significant example of original Heavy Metal magazine cover art by Louis Royo. Royo's most desirable work, his famous signature pieces, are those of strong women, presented in this unique style, where the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and pinup collide. This is one of the most famous and desirable of all Royo paintings, and an ideal representation of his work both in terms of subject matter and style, as it showcases the most polished and finely detailed hyper-realism for which Royo is so highly regarded. The original artwork of classic modern fantasy pinup artists such as Olivia and Sorayama, while often extremely expensive, are actually available. The fact that the emphasis of Royo's marketing lies in the publishing (calendars, books, prints, etc.) and licensing of his work, rather than the selling of his originals (and the fact that he does not accept commissions from collectors), plays a great role in the virtual absence of his material in the marketplace. This painting is a modern masterpiece, and is one of the few paintings that can lay claim to defining the fantasy pinup genre. Airbrush on Bristol, 1992, entitled Steel For Leonardo's Dream. Signed to the left of the figure's right leg. Mint condition. Dimensions: Image area measures 12.25 x 20.5 inches, matted and framed to measure 20.25 x 29 inches. A copy of the November 1992 edition of Heavy Metal, the magazine on which this work first appeared, accompanies the original artwork. This is a major museum-quality work by Luis Royo, the legendary master of fantasy art. Reserve $3,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR
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