Monday, April 02, 2001

From: Idril


DATE: From Tuesday, March 13, 2001 to
Sunday, April 29, 2001

Franklin Center, PA - Steve Hickman's artworks explore the mysterious, the beautiful, and the visionary in the ever-evolving universe of mythology, fantasy and dreams. The Franklin Mint Museum highlights the work of this award-winning fantasy artist in a special exhibit running from March 13 through April 29.

The exhibit focuses primarily on works envisioning the world of J.R.R.

Tolkein's classic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Hickman brings to life the mysterious and wonderful terrain of Tolkein's world, and with it the eternal message of how loyalty and friendship have the power to triumph over evil. His art takes the viewer on a journey to exalted kingdoms and to the depths of fiery underworlds.

Along the way, he presents amazing visions of dragons, black riders, and other creatures from the world beyond the edge of our imaginings.

In all of his work, Hickman's stated goal is to "evoke that elusive, mysterious beauty and the sense of wonder of creation." His art was first inspired by the covers of the science fiction and fantasy books he read as a youth in the 1960s. In addition, Hickman has been influenced by the "wonder and strangeness of the various places that I have lived with my family." His formative years were spent overseas in the Philippines and Pakistan. He has also lived in Arizona, South Central Texas, Hawaii, California, and the scenic Hudson Valley in New York State, where he currently resides.

Today, Hickman's illustrations are produced primarily for book covers of science fiction and fantasy, and for comic book covers. Other areas include postage stamp illustration; calendar and magazine illustration; set and character design for motion pictures and video productions; and the first published novel in a planned trilogy, The Lemurian Stone. His awards include a Gold Award, a Hugo Award for Achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy, and a number of Chesley Awards. Among many other locations, his works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, The Orlando Space Center, the New York Society of Illustrators, and, locally, at the Delaware Art Museum.

The Fellowship of the Rings, the Tolkein Art of Steve Hickman runs from March 13 through April 29, 2001. The Franklin Mint Museum is located on Route 1, just four miles south of Media and about thirty-minutes south of Philadelphia. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. Till 4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For general information about the Museum call 610-459-6168.

Franklin Mint Web Site