BILL SIENKIEWICZ: REVOLUTION, vol. I
Edited by Sal Abbinanti, with an introduction by Neil Gaiman, an essay by Ben Davis, and an interview with Bill Sienkiewicz
Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revolutionizing the way comic books are drawn and made. His work has graced the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; art galleries in Paris, Barcelona, and Tuscany; and advertising campaigns for Nike, MTV, Nissan, the 2006 Winter Olympics, and dozens of Hollywood movies.
Sienkiewicz is a classically trained painter whose artworks incorporate abstract and expressionist influences and combine oil painting, acrylics, watercolor, mixed media, collage, and mimeograph. Bill Sienkiewicz: Revolution is the first time the artist’s work and career have been taken out of the limited context of comic books and evaluated as fine art. Ben Davis, award-winning Senior Writer for Artnet News, considers Sienkiewicz’s process and places him within the context of art and popular culture. The images for the book are curated by Sal Abbinanti, Sienkiewicz’s representative and colleague for nearly twenty years. Lastly, Bill Sienkiewicz, in an interview with Six Foot Press’s Publisher, Chul R. Kim, lends his unique voice and presents some of his greatest artistic achievements.
BS:R is the first of three volumes in three years, with each volume consisting of a trade and a limited edition.
“Astounding… extraordinary… Jumping between highlighting his indie cult status as an artist and the mindset behind the abstraction of some of comics most beloved characters, the collection ultimately acts as a stunning visual love letter to one of comics most revered artists.” -Comics Beat
“A treasure trove of Sienkiewicz’s art from over the years (including segments from his work on Marvel’s New Mutants, his Jimi Hendrix biography Voodoo Child, and more). Even if you’ve seen his work before, you haven’t seen it like this.” — ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“For four decades, Bill Sienkiewicz has been a trend-setting artist and storyteller whose distinctive style smuggled avant-garde notions of design, expressionism and fine art sensibility into the pages of comics like New Mutants, Moon Knight, Elektra: Assassin, and graphic novels like Stray Toasters and Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix, permanently expanding the visual vocabulary of American comics.” – Forbes magazine
“Featuring the eclectic work from one of the most prolific artists working today, the new art book Bill Sienkiewicz: Revolution . . . eye-catching.” —The Daily Dead
“Revolution is an exquisite book which comes close to capturing his essence on the page and apparently this is the first in a series of three books about Sienkiewicz. Congratulations to Six Foot Press for pulling this off. Fans of the artist or of distinctive modern comic art should run to grab this book.” – Tripwire Magazine
“Bill sees clearly, paints beautifully. He absorbs styles and ways of making art with the facility he had as a young man, but now I always feel he’s in control of what he does. . . . My hope is that a book like this, filled with Bill’s art all in one place, will show people who think they know what Bill can do exactly how much more he can do than any of them had ever dreamed.”
— Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman
“Humble, light-hearted, and astonishingly talented . . . Bill Sienkiewicz has become a name synonymous with genre-bending artwork. . . . Needless to say, you can’t throw a stone without hitting an incredible title that Sienkiewicz has tackled within the comics industry.” —Comics Beat
“Bill Sienkiewicz is one of the most revolutionary creators in the comic book industry, a talented visionary whose evocative, award-winning work always carries a razor-sharp edge glinting brightly from just beyond our collective unconscious.”—SYFY
Ben Davis is Senior Art Critic for Artnet News, the most widely read art publication in the world. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013) and the editor of The Elements of Architecture (Taschen, 2018). Recent essays by Davis have appeared in the books Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016) and The Future of Public Space (Metropolis, 2018). His writings have been featured in New York, New York Times, Slate, The Village Voice, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
Bill Sienkiewicz has been one of the single most influential artists in the comic book world. His 40-year career includes iconic series for both Marvel and DC that have gone on to be adapted into films and television, most notably DareDevil, Legion, Venom, and New Mutants, the forthcoming blockbuster film from Marvel/20th Century Fox.
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