Primarily known for his organic artwork and progressive rock album covers, this week’s focus is on the work of Roger Dean, British-based artist, designer, architect, and publisher. Dean has a different view of his work, he says “I don’t really think of myself as a fantasy artist but as a landscape painter.” Certainly his work incorporates organic and natural shapes, making a visual style all his own. He’s been the primary album artist of groups like Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep over the years, as well as a furniture designer, he was responsible for the “retreat pod” chair used in the film version of A Clockwork Orange.
Of course, in the early 90s, they made a card set of Dean’s work, they made card sets of every sci-fi/fantasy artist they could license. Cardmaker FPG put out a 90-card set in 1993, plus a number of chase cards that are not depicted in this set. Among them were a 5-card “Metallic Storm” set, a 5-card “Gold Metallic Storm” set that served as case-inserts, 1000 signed cards byDean and a prize card for an original painting by Dean that were packed 1:480,000 packs. Needless to say, we didn’t get the painting.
Once again, remember you can click on any of the images below to see them closer up. Thanks for your time and interest in this classic non-sport card set, see you again next week.