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NIGEL'S GALLERY

THE MAIN POINT OF THIS ROOTS OF FANTASY GALLERY is to show some artists and paintings that are not just personal favourites but have also influenced most of the other fantasy artists I've interviewed and worked with over the years. But to begin with, seeing how it's my website, I'm going to show off a few of my own pictures. The first three were published as art posters by Big O Posters in the 70s. The others on the immediate right were mostly intended to follow up as art posters too but the company sadly went out of business. See my INTRO page for more about Big O.

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REBIRTH


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SEED


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RATIONAL MAN


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THE WITCH


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GOLDEN WHEEL


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DIVINE COUPLE


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SHIELD


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BRIGID


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FIDCHELL


GERONTIUS

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THE FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS ON THE RIGHT were for a little Arthurian fable I wrote about a bumbling farmer called Gerontius who gets caught up in the momentous events of those half-mythical times. Sadly it never found a publisher. As you can see I was as much caught up in patterns at the time as vaguely naturalistic drawing and adding borders gave the chance to do both.

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TILE GALLERY

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ON THE RIGHT ARE SOME EXPERIMENTAL TILE DESIGNS. The aim was usually to see how extended a pattern was possible using just a couple of different tile designs, but with some I got carried away and used more. If you click on the patterns you'll see the hexagonal cells below the patterns they were used to create.

The problem with actual tiles like this is that it would be much like doing a jigsaw puzzle on your bathroom wall or floor, which is not what most tilers want when trying to get a job done. However, I've found a use for them as backgrounds to web pages, as you may have noticed elsewhere on the site.

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I've no idea how much people like them, but I had a lot of fun doing it. This is how they were meant to be seen in the first place, as potentially infinite expanses.

People often assume that these are simply Islamic patterns, but although they were certainly one of the main inspirations, I don't believe anyone has used hexagons to build patterns in this way before. They were equally inspired by Celtic abstract patterns but again, the Celts never quite used hexagons like this. Help yourself if you want to use any as backgrounds.

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SUNWHEELS
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BARBS AND TENDRILS
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STILLNESS AND SPIN
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THE DEEP
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GOLDEN THREAD
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TANGLES
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SUMMER
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FRONDS
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LINKS
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