is also a renowned painter of Romantic Fantasy, founder of The
Gorblimey Press, co-founder of The Studio, and author of BWS:OPUS,
a series of gorgeously produced books collecting his paintings and
drawings from over thirty years of inspiration and productivity. The
texts of the OPUS series, called Time Rise, are anecdotal,
often humorous, memoirs of his lifetime of paranormal experiences.
THE EARLY YEARS (1949-1967)
Barry Windsor-Smith was born Barry Smith,
in England, on May 25, 1949 in Forest Gate, a working class area in
the East End of London. He displayed an artistic temperament early
on, and was fortunate to have his parents’ support in pursuing
an education in the Arts, rather than being steered into a more common,
He attended art school for three years
at East Ham Technical College, earning degrees in Industrial Design
and Illustration. The faculty, including the celebrated political cartoonist
and illustrator Ralph Steadman, was particularly accomplished.
BARRY WINDSOR-SMITH has
been creating distinctive comics, art, and stories since his first
published works in 1967.
His international acclaim came as the
original artist for Marvel Comics’ Conan
the Barbarian from 1970 to 1974, where he rapidly evolved a sophisticated
and intricate style, introducing elements from diverse artistic influences
to graphic storytelling.