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Owen Wood’s Zodiac

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Yesterday’s zodiacal illustrations reminded me of this grubby item (depicting the twelve houses of the zodiac and four elements) which I took the trouble to scan since there’s no other example of it on the web. (Click for a larger version.) The artist, Owen Wood, was a highly-regarded illustrator commissioned to produce a poster in 1969 for the landmark magazine Man, Myth & Magic which was serialised weekly in the UK the following year. MMM had a few other giveaways in their early issues but Wood’s poster was by far the best piece. I thought I might have another copy somewhere but it didn’t turn up in a cursory search; if I find it I’ll replace this one. Wood’s very fine and intricate line-drawing deserves better appraisal than this dishevelled item which suffered from being pinned in too many smoke-filled rooms over the years. This obituary of the artist has details of his career.

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Fire (detail).

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Palladini’s Zodiac
Austin Osman Spare

 


 

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10 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau

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    Well I, for one, am glad you saw fit to scan this! I love it, and it fits in nicely with your Art Nouveau Revival posts.

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Yes, the women are all very Mucha-esque, so too is some of the decoration. There’s also some sly sexual humour with the sailor about to grab the mermaid’s breast and the set of distinctly swollen genitals he gave to the Sagittarius centaur.

  3. #3 posted by Anne S

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    I do believe I have a copy of this poster somewhere…will search for it tonight. Thanks for reminding me of it.

  4. #4 posted by DurocDesign

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    I have a very nicely preserved copy of this but not the original MMM. Do you know which edition of MMM this Owen Wood piece came with? Also any idea of a valuation this piece would sell for?

    Kind Regards

    DD

  5. #5 posted by John

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    Hi DD. The poster came with issue 2 of MMM. As to the value, you’d have to ask someone else.

  6. #6 posted by DurocDesign

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    Cheers will look for that edition Txs

  7. #7 posted by Neil Baker

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    I was lucky enough to be taught graphic illustration by ‘Uncle Owen’ as we called him back in the mid-Eighties at Thurrock Technical College in Grays, Essex. Lovely man and frighteningly talented. He would come into class reeking of vodka, stack the stools up, sit on them and impersonate a trombone while we worked.

  8. #8 posted by James Wood

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    Owen was my father so I am delighted to see his work on the net. This is a great example of his painstaking hand. I read with amusement Neil Bakers comment. Textbook dad, only let me assure you it was Gin and not Vodka on his breath.
    Sadly the original was stolen from dad, perhaps if the person who stole it reads this they might return it?

  9. #9 posted by Amanda Holt

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    I just wanted to say hello James! Don’t know if you remember me…you stayed the summer here with us in New York and my mother Kathryn studied with your father.

    Amanda Holt

  10. #10 posted by James Wood

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    Hello Amanda, of course I remember you, one of my best ever summers. How can I get in touch?

 


 

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