When The Marat/Sade Journals, Barron Storey‘s astounding first published foray into the sequential art medium, was released in 1993 he had already earned much success and acclaim in the worlds of illustration and fine art. Recipient of the Society of Illustrators’ Gold Medal award in 1976 for his portrait of German songstress Lotte Lenya, Storey also has ten works (completed as Time magazine covers) in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Artist Dave McKean has found tremendous success and acclaim in a wide variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, book illustration, photography, filmmaking, music, and, of course, comics. Legendary amongst sequential art enthusiasts, his singular and recognizable style is found in many of the most highly acclaimed titles of the last 20 years including Violent Cases, Mr. Punch, Arkham Asylum, and The Sandman, as well as his own creation Cages. I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception for McKean’s newest series of paintings this past Saturday at the Billy Shire Fine Arts gallery in Los Angeles.