Tim White (artist)

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Tim White (4 April 1952 – 6 April 2020) was a British painter, best known for his science fiction and fantasy book covers, record covers and magazine illustrations. [1] [2] He also designed jewellery to complement some of his paintings.


Born in Erith, Kent, White studied at the Medway College of Art between 1968 and 1972. [2] Following this, he spent two years working for various advertising studios, until he received his first book cover commission in 1974, for Arthur C Clarke's The Other Side of the Sky. [2] He later provided covers for authors including Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, August Derleth, H. P. Lovecraft, Piers Anthony and Bruce Sterling. [3] He died on 6 April 2020. [4]


In A Biographical Dictionary of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, Robert Weinberg says, "White combines superlative detail with a largely figurative approach to his work and creates a totally realistic image of his landscape of the imagination." [2] The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says, "White has been celebrated as a representative of a new school of super-realists that began shaping British [science fiction] art in the mid-1970s", [1] but notes that he has been "relatively inactive since the year 2000".

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  1. 1 2 The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction , 2014
  2. 1 2 3 4 A Biographical Dictionary of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists by Robert E. Weinberg, p. 293-294, Greenwood Press 1988.
  3. Internet Speculative Fiction Database entry for Tim White
  4. "Tim White (1952-2020)". Locus Online. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2020.