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BOX=ART is a site dedicated to the history of video game box art/ cover art and the artists responsible for them.
Box arts are profiled from a variety of angles using high quality scans and with the intention of acknowledging the men and women who have played such a major role in shaping our gaming experiences.
Not only for video game enthusiasts, BOX=ART is for all who enjoy quality artwork.
BOX=ART profiles the legendary Peter Andrew Jones who’s rich otherworldly box arts have been a stunning contribution to Europe’s cover art scene.
Even before his graduation from St. Martins School of Art in 1974 Peter had started to make a name for himself as a fine painter. With the encouragement of a visiting lecturer he would secure his first commercial cover art job through Puffin Books and Penelope Farmer’s ‘A Castle of Bone’.
He would continue to provide commissioned artworks throughout the 70’s and into the 80’s for various sci-fi authors before turning his attentions to a different form of publishing; the role play book.
His cover for Fighting Fantasy’s the ‘Warlock of Firetop Mountain’ would radically eschew cover art traditions and give the artist an even greater international presence due to the book’s success. It led to further role-play book commissions in the Lone Wolf and Kult series’.
By the early 80’s Peter would start commissioning artworks for the fledgling UK video game scene with one of his first box arts being for Llamasoft’s space shooter Laser Zone (1983). It would be an early example recommissioned art being used for cover arts, and help pave the way for this European trend that lasted a decade longer.
It would also be a period of exclusive cover arts with fine examples including Artura (1989), Black Tiger (1989) and Knights of Crystallion (1990) sitting comfortably alongside previous works, along with stylistically lighter and more ‘arcadey’ looking box arts such as Last Duel (1989), Badlands and Venus the Flytrap (both 1990).
As with so many box artists of his generation Peter would move on by the mid 90’s with his last video game cover being possibly either Cytron or Shadowlands (both 1992).
With inspiration from such varied, and eclectic artists, as Peter Blake, Salvador Dali and James Bama, as well as visually formative and inspiring media including 60’s Star Trek, Doctor Who and DC’s comics, Peter’s lasting passion for otherworldly landscapes and bold central figures clothed in dramatic colour is understandable.
Box arts for Blood Money, Black Tiger, Omnicron Conspiracy (1990) and Targhan (1989) all brilliantly show these traits, and how suggestive and fitting both his commissioned and exclusive artworks are.
All known box arts would certainly have been primarily created using his favoured media; hand-mixed oil paint, but with a penchant for mixing applications of oils and acrylics and using airbrush, a single box art could have been diversely produced
Today Peter keeps his artwork alive through his published books and website where you can check out the history from one of Europe’s finest painters.
Updated - 20/12/16 by Adam Gidney
>Laser Zone (EU) Commodore 64, VIC-20.
>The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (EU) ZX Spectrum.
>Falcon: The Renegade Lord (EU) Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.
>Echeon (EU) Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum.
>Alien Legion (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64.
>Artura (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, ZX Spectrum.
>Badlands (EU) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.
>Black Tiger (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.
>Blood Money (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.
>F.O.R.T – Federation of Free Traders (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.
>Interphase (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS.
>The Kristal (EU) Amiga, Atari ST.
>Last duel (EU) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum.
>Stryx (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST.
>Targhan (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh.
>Dynasty Wars (EU) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum.
>Knights of the Crystallion (EU) Amiga.
>Matrix Marauders (EU) Amiga, Atari ST.
>Omnicron Conspiracy (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS.
>Spell Bound (EU) Amiga, Atari ST.
>Venus the Fly Trap (EU) Amiga, Atari ST.
>Gauntlet III (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum.
>Cytron EU) Amiga.
>Shadowlands (EU/ NA) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS.
>The Big 100 (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS.
Sources and further reading.
Related BOX=ART pages.
Peter Andrew Jones box art catalogue.
Laser Zone| 1983| Llamasoft| The artist’s earliest known box art and one of the earliest European covers to re-commission an already publisher artwork.
Blood Money| 1989| Psygnosis| One of Peter’s more well known artworks. Originally a cover art for Larry Niven’s Protector novel.
Cytron| 1992| Psygnosis| Possibly Peter’s final box art. The Big 100| 1992| Wicked Software
Omnicron Conspiracy| 1990| Star Software| The original artwork is a panoramic sci-fi masterpiece that this box art unscrupulously crops.
Spell Bound| 1990| Psyclapse. Alien Legion| 1989| Gainstar Software Ltd. Dynasty Wars| 1990| U.S. Gold.
Stryx| 1989| Psysnosis| Another re-commissioned artwork that was originally created in 1970. The titles letters was designed by Roger Dean.
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