Americana Fall 2002
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Please note: By accident, the photographs illustrating Lots 1209 and 1210 have been accidently switched in the catalog. Please go by the description in the catalog, not the illustrations. The Royo painting with the warrior woman holding a bow and arrow is Lot #1209. The Royo painting with the bats in the background is Lot #1210. If this is unclear, please call!
Luis Royo is perhaps the most highly regarded pinup/fantasy artist of the past 20 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's work has graced the covers of hundreds of magazines and books, and his work has been collected in a best selling series of books devoted exclusively to his work. He is a rarity in the world of illustration art in that his popularity is literally worldwide. It is almost incredible that his work is 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 work was obtained by the consignor directly from Royo in 1995. This painting is a Royo classic, featuring a strong warrior woman, scantily clad, armed, and with the threatening menace of evil creatures, in this case frightening demons which blend into the background and are not even immediately apparent (making them all the more frightening). Royo's most desirable work, his famous signature pieces, are those of strong women, presented in this unique style, where the world's of science fiction, fantasy and pinup collide. This is one of Royo's most published works, used in books, Heavy Metal calendars, advertisements, and even card sets. Most importantly, it appears as a full page illustration in Royo's classic art book Secrects (1996, Norma Editorial, Spain). This is an extraordinary and very significant Royo painting, 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 work of classic modern fantasy pinup art 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 create work for hire to collectors), plays a great role in the virtual absence of his material in the marketplace. Airbrush on Bristol, 1994, entitled "Golden Cabala." Signed lower right. Mint condition. Image area measures 11.5 x 16.5 inches. Painting including white border measures 19.5 x 24.5 inches. This is a major museum quality work by Luis Royo, the legendary master of fantasy art.
Luis Royo (1954-)- Famous Original Painting "Golden Cabala"
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