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DAVID BOWERS. A Tale of Time City. Oil on panel. Cover illustration for A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones, Greenwillow Books/Harper Trophy, New York, 2001. 419x260 mm; 16 1/2x10 1/4 inches, image. Initialed, lower right. Matted and framed. .
The dynamic cover art for the tween time travel fantasy novel about an eleven-year-old London girl kidnapped in 1939 from the London Blitz to Time City, a place that exists in space and time outside history, to save it from destruction. This work, as with most of Bowers's paintings, shows his masterly technique of alla prima, the blending of wet on wet pigments and glazing, a style developed in 15th century Netherlands. It creates a luminosity without visible brushstrokes, resulting in an airbrushed look.
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