Richard Clifton-Dey

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Richard Clifton-Dey
Born(1930-05-29)May 29, 1930
DiedApril 5, 1997(1997-04-05) (aged 66)
Known forillustrator

Richard Clifton-Dey (29 May 1930 – 5 April 1997)[1] was a British artist. Born in Yorkshire,[1] today he is a highly collectible artist known mostly for Western and science fiction subjects. As in many cases of artwork produced for book covers, most of Clifton-Dey's artwork is not signed. Provenance for all works not signed by the artist is attested by his widow.[citation needed] His most famous work of art may be Behemoth's World.

He started painting in the 1960s and was one of the most highly respected of British illustrators during the 1970s and into the 1980s. Much of his work was for book covers, either for science fiction, fantasy, action-adventure war books, romances, or gothic horror (with some interesting forays into advertising). His cover artwork was used for the Lord Tyger novel by Philip José Farmer in 1974 and reused in 1985. The Dorian Hawkmoon series by Michael Moorcock was issued featuring Richard Clifton-Dey cover art in 1977. The French publishing company Fleuve Noir released several paperbacks from 1981 to 1987 with his artwork.

Along with other well-known artists of his day (Jim Burns, Chris Foss and others), his work was featured in "Heroic Dreams" (Paper Tiger UK 1987).

He has also worked in other genres including non-fiction pop-up books for children including:

  • Our Living Earth (1987; text by Gillian Osband)[2]
  • Riding In Motion (1988; text by Jonathan Biggs and James Horwood)[3]
  • Space: A Three Dimensional Journey (1991; text by Brian Jones)



  1. ^ a b "Richard Clifton-Dey - Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Our Living Earth". Publishers Weekly. 11/02/1987. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Books magazine, 1988, p 14

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