Gordon Crabb has been a successful painter and illustrator for nearly thirty years. His reputation as one of the world’s best illustrators was well established on both sides of the Atlantic.
He received his formal art education in London, England, and it was there that he was brought to the attention of the illustration world. Crabb’s work became in great demand, and he initially worked on a range of book covers. Although many major writers of Western fiction, such as Louis L’Amour, requested that Crabb’s work be used to illustrate their books, Crabb’s illustrations can be found on books in many areas of fiction.
In the 1980’s, he became very successful in the area of fine art, painting Western images. His work is held in collections across the country. In 1999, Crabb produced a large body of work for a one-man show, and this has appeared in many galleries in Wales.
Although successful in fine art, Crabb continues his illustration work, specializing in women’s fiction for British book covers. He strives to bring a more intelligent and modern identity to this area without losing their mass-market appeal. His affinity with period detail in costume, hairstyles, make-up and backgrounds, together with his ability as a photographer, make his covers very popular.
His work has been featured regularly in the Association of Illustrator’s Exhibition and in the Association of Illustrator’s Annuals. Crabb now lives in rural Wales, near Aberystwyth.
Reference: artist publication, www.alisoneldred.com/GordonCrabb