(1941- ) Working name of Spanish artist Manuel Perez Clemente Sanjulian. After attending the Belle Artes de Sant Jordi art school, he began receiving assignments to paint book covers for several European publishers. However, he developed an international reputation by doing illustrations, in the early 1970s, for Jim Warren's magazines Eerie, Creepy, Famous Monsters of Filmland, and especially Vampirella, since his renderings of that voluptuous character were widely admired and engendered comparisons to the work of Frank Frazetta. He next began receiving assignments to do book covers for major American publishers, with a predictable emphasis on Sword and Sorcery books, such as Conan novels by Andrew J Offutt.
However, despite many portraits of loinclothed barbarians and their scantily-clad paramours, Sanjulian soon demonstrated equal skills in painting more variegated, fully clothed figures, often standing within elaborated, stylized backgrounds reflecting the artist's classical training; one might note, among similar examples, his cover for a 1989 edition of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Crusader's Torch (1988), showing a robed women surrounded by images of knights on horseback. His provocative cover for Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show (1989), showing a man clutching a woman surrounded by a windstorm of Hollywood icons and monsters, was nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award. In addition to these commercial assignments, Sanjulian also works in fine art and has had his paintings exhibited at a number of galleries. [GW]
Manuel Perez Clemente Sanjulian
born Barcelona, Spain: 24 June 1941
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