Wojtek Siudmak is an artist of Polish origin. He was born in 1942 in Wielun and settled in France in 1966 and is considered one of the principal representatives of fantastic realism. He himself claims to be a fantastic hyper realist, conscientiously putting his originality into relief. In the seventies Siudmak became involved with a group of artists who focused on a limited number of fantasy and science fiction publishing houses. Young writers began publishing their first writings with Opta, Fiction, Galaxie and J’ai lu. and the books and magazines their stories were published in needed cover at. Siudmak chose art as a way of extending surrealism into universal eternity, cosmic elements, the aspects of time and absolute freedom. Jaqueline Nebout says of Siudmak: “the power of dreams from this restless creator of worlds releases his compositions from any gravity.  His paintings, despite remaining strongly rooted in an archaic cultural heritage, show signs of aspiring to the future.  It is a deep search for knowledge and hidden meanings. Wojtek Siudmak has an extensive website (English, French and Polish) with not only a webshop and a gallery but even with an attached forum. He also sends out a newsletter to which you can subscribe.

Cover art for a French paperback edition of Dragonflight (Le vol du dragon).

Lessa in the nude with ornamental or ceremonial spear, shield and helmet? Uhm... no. What often happens with the cover art of the French paperbacks is that it seems the art has nothing to do with the actual story. To sell a book an attractive cover is needed, and it doesn't necessarily have to depict the essence of, or even a scene from the book. It seems obvious that this was thought by the French publisher(s) for a long time. The art in itself is great, sometimes fantastic, but we can't recognise anything Pernese in it... Still, its on a Pern cover so it deserves its place in the Pern Museum and Archives Art Gallery.

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Cover art for a French paperback edition of Dragonquest (La quete du dragon).

Behold, on this second Pern book we have a hatching dragon. So maybe Siudmak did read the book or a synopsis of it. The dragon looks a bit mature but a hatching dragon it is!

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Cover art for a French paperback edition of The White Dragon (Le dragon blanc).

When I see this cover art I always have to think of Conan the Barbarian rather than of Jaxom. No, in this sexy and athletic male with helmet and loincloth we can't recognise Jaxom though we must admit the dragon seems to be white...

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Deatil of the art for a French paperback edition of The White Dragon.

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of Dragonsong (Le chant du dragon).

Another piece of cover art of which the reasoning, if cover art needs reasoning of course, is unknown. Siudmak likes naked ladies, nothing wrong with that, but although this girl has a light blue harper colour I can't find anything Pernese in it.

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of Dragonsinger (La chanteuse-dragon de Pern).

Pern is harpers and dragons and Siudmak did put a magnificent harp in this piece of art. Siudmak's art often gives you the idea of a dream: esthetically beautiful but impossible configurations.

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of Dragondrums (Les tambours de Pern).

One thing is certain of this art for the third volume in the Harper Hall trilogy: it doesn't show Piemur! So, Sharra then, with a fire lizard on her shoulder? Beautiful she is, that can't be denied, but what's with the hairdo?

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of Moreta : Dragonlady of Pern (La dame aux dragons).

Well, it has a dragon although it might be a lizard or a dinosaur as there are no wings to be seen. The rest of the scene is at least puzzling and seems like a giant drill coming up through the floor...

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of Nerilka's Story (Histoire de Nerilka).

Are these firelizards as Wojtek Siudmak sees them? Lizards they are and they have the colour of fire... So if you only were given the name or word it could be a perfect rendition.

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of The Renegades of Pern (Les renegats de Pern).

I find this one of Siudmak's best Pern covers and I always see this body as the corpse of a Thread victim, something we rarely see, if ever. Though blue seems Siudmak's favourite colour this sepia composition is beautifuly executed and somehow very fitting for he cover of one of the darker tales of Pern.

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of The Dolphins of Pern (Les dauphins de Pern).

I said blue was probably Siudmak's favourite colour and on this cover art it is most fitting. It is one of the few covers that might depict an actual scene from the book or even the essence of the book. A youth, young Readis, swims with the Pern dolphins in a powerful and beautiful manner, sharing the joy of swimming as dolphins always seem to do. And Pern does indeed have two moons! A magnificent piece of cover art.

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of All the Weyrs of Pern (Tout les weyrs de Pern).

As fitting as the art for Dolphins of Pern is, so strange and misplaced this piece is. I really can't find any explanation why the artist and/or publisher chose this picture for the cover of this book. It would have fitted the cover of a booklet with Anne's short story Ever the Twain wonderfully, but that was written many years later.

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of Dragonsdawn (L'aube des dragons).

Dragons were engineered from firelizards by the eminent geneticist Kitty Ping Yung. It is part of the story told in Dragonsdawn. Maybe that played through Siudmak's head when painting this lizard and egg?

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of Chronicles of Pern : First Fall (La chute des fils).

I do not understand what the artist meant by this picture... I don't even know what it is supposed to be. The stuff in the background could be Thread though.

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Art for the cover of a French paperback edition of Dragonseye / Red Star Rising (L'oeuil du dragons).

There is actually no dramatic female figure in Dragonseye, published as Red Star Rising in the United Kingdom, that is I really can't see Debera as such. But we can't deny that the painting of this exotic woman is beautifully executed. It has a Rembrandtish quality because of the extraordinary lighting of the face and the warm red colours.

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Art for the cover of a French trade paperback edition of The Masterharper of Pern (Le maitre harpiste de Pern). The artist must have put loads of symbolism in this piece of art, but I can't find out what it is.

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