Art For Art’s Sake# 167: Simon Gane Solo And Superb

by Richard Bruton

Art For Art’s Sake, where we present the very best in comics art for the week – old, new, well-known, not so well-known, completely new to you, an old favourite… all of it wonderful. This week… Simon Gane!

Sometimes I put this together by grabbing all the great art I’ve seen here, there, and everywhere. Other times I start with one artist or theme to end on and go from there. And sometimes, just like this, things just take over. Case in point, I was planning on ending this Art For Art’s Sake with an extended look at Simon Gane’s artwork, a Brit artist I have loved for the longest time. I think I first saw his work back in the late ’90s on the Pete Pavement/Slab O’ Concrete books – and checking with Simon about his beginnings, I got this back…

I started in ‘92 with a punk zine ‘Arnie’ that had comics in it and yes, Pete started publishing various minis of mine in ‘95 and then a couple of books, inc ‘Meet John Dark’ with Darryl Cunningham.

Anyway, since first seeing his work, it’s continued to be something I’ve loved, wherever I see it, whatever it is.

His work has an abstract feel to it, shapes coalescing into gorgeous figures, buildings, landscapes, and so much more. It’s a thing of beauty to see, it really is.

And so I sat down and gathered some of his art. Then gathered some more. And some more. And some more. And by the time I forced myself to stop – more than 50 different pieces. More than enough and more than good enough to warrant a solo Art For Art’s Sake!

Follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and on his blog– and go buy his original art here. And of course, buy ALL of his work, but especially Paris, out from Image Comics April 2022.

We’ll start with Paris, written by Andi Watson (preview and review here at Comicon.com). It’s a much-needed republication, expanded and remastered from the original Slave Labor Books edition and released by Image Comics in April 2022. It is a stunning, gorgeous book. You know… like this…

 

Here’s Andi Watson sharing some of the gorgeous artwork from their new book together… like Paris, Watson is writing, Gane drawing…

And more of the same from Gane

 

And as for past projects… well… there’s Ghost Tree from IDW…

 

They’re Not Like Us from Image Comics…

 

The Granny Annex, written by Rob Davis. This was a collaboration for the Boo! comic anthology edited by Paul Harrison-Davies and Andrew Waugh.

 

Godzilla from IDW –

 

Nelson, edited by Rob Davis and Woodrow Phoenix and published by Blank Slate Books. (I did a whole Art For Art’s Sake on that one.)

 

Back cover illustration for the revised edition of Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

 

Magnificent BD characters commissioned by James Corcoran – expertly done by Gane –

Maurice Tillieux’s Gil Jourdan:

Léo Malet & Jacques Tardi’s Nestor Burma:

Spirou…

Gaston –

 

Or a few more favourites…

Hellboy…

Glyn Dillon’s Nao Brown.

Holly Golightly – Hepburn

Storm…

Adele Blanc Sec- A copy of a Jacques Tardi panel from “Le Noyé à Deux Têtes” starring Adèle Blanc-Sec. It’s A3 on watercolour paper.

And here’s the original –

Hugo Pratt & Milo Manara’s Molly

Manara’s Miele/Honey

Elektra –

Bianca Castafiore from Hergé‘s Tintin books

Bonnie Parker –

Corto Maltese… the original…

And a Gane variation…

 

He’s a master of landscapes as you can see, so here are a few more… of Sacré-Cœur, Paris and the town of Olympos on Karpathos, Greece, drawn in Procreate.


And as for illustration work – well how about this for Burning Sky Artisan Brewers?

And a few details from the Burning Sky designs…

 

But some of my favourite of his work is to be found in his sketch work, which shows an incredible line, such grace and beauty… ink and washes…

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