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Pelham, David

Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Artist.

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(1938-    ) UK illustrator, and art director of Penguin Books 1968-1980. Although his work in sf illustration necessarily took second place to his professional duties at Penguin, he designed some fine covers in that period, notably those for the 1970s Penguin editions of J G Ballard's novels and Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange (1962). He uses the airbrush effectively and his smooth, symbolic, simplified shapes are instantly recognizable; his illustrations would be at home in any "mainstream" magazine that uses high-quality graphics, and his inspiration probably comes in part from such modern artists as Eduardo Paolozzi. [JG/PN]

born Gloucestershire: 12 May 1938


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