Jim Burns is one of the world's premiere visionaries, portraying
fantasy and science fiction, appreciated equally by fans and
professionals. His alien worlds are tempting and foreboding,
occupied by strange but seductive sexual creatures. Imago
transforms the way we have come to understand the Burns oeuvre,
as he reveals and revels in his creative process. Imago
showcases the sensual exploration of women trapped in their
alien environments, content to play muse to their master fantasist...
Titan's last book in a similar vein (Amazona:
The Art of Chris Achilléos),
Imago is a coffee table collection that has been given
an almost faultless treatment - The main problem with Amazona
was that it had a soft cover. No expense has been spared for
Imago - a hardback edition with real quality pages
(the sort of book that you like to open just to experience
that 'new' book smell).
large format (the pages are a little larger than A4 in size)
book oozes quality from its pages. An added bonus is that
instead of getting in a writer to choose and comment on Burns's
work, Burns, himself, is the filter for the work reproduced
here. And what an impressive array it represents too.
are plenty of little insights into Burns's work. For example,
for his painting for Arthur C. Clarke's Venus Prime 2
novel, the client informed Burns, while at the sketch stage,
that the neckline of the model's spacesuit did not do her
justice. So, it was brought down for the finished painting.
And, for Jennifer Robert's Sword Born, Burns had to
"modify the model's décolletage" to make
it acceptable for the front cover. This was done digitally
in order not to spoil his original painting.
to this a section at the back that reprints smaller images
of all of the finished images shown in this collection - and
informs the reader on where the finished product was used
- and you really couldn't wish for a more visually pleasing
that's not strictly true. This collection would have received
an extra mark if all of the finished paintings had been reprinted
in their entirety. While this is the case more often than
not, there are quite a few images that show tightly cropped
sections of the finished painting, or have a sketch obscuring
some of the completed work.
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