Richard Powers: the Fabulous Riverboad (study)
Original unpublished study for the second book in Philip Jose Farmer's "Riverworld" series, for the first edition published in hardcover 1971 by Landmark Books. Capturing elements of the artwork which graced the cover, this study is intriguing and fully representative of Powers' style: the abstracted skeletonic bodies being swept upward, the collaged elements (cut out of black poster board) and a finely done portrait of Twain. And note: I only call it a "study" because it's essentially a finished work that wasn't chosen...because it's signed "Powers Laz/Org" - a sign that Powers likely submitted this in hopes of having it be accepted for the cover. Powers often did that, prepared more than one work and then said tot he art director "choose one". Done in mixed media with collaged elements, on illustration board, the image in 13.75" x 8.5".