Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie and Beyond
Novel aproach There’s a lot more to Tom Adams than his striking jacket illustrations for the English crime novelist, as this volume shows
Authors Tom Adams and John Curran Publisher HarperCollins Price £25 Web www.tomadamsuncovered.com Available Now
An intoxicating blend of arresting horror and acute realism, Tom Adams’ artwork will be familiar to anyone with well-thumbed copies of 60s and 70s Agatha Christie novels.
Yet there’s plenty more to celebrate across Tom’s 50-year career, including jacket art for novels by other authors such as Raymond Chandler and John Fowles; editorial illustrations; advertising campaigns; celebrity portraits; album covers; and his work on films like 2001: A Space Odyssey.
All of this is detailed in this hefty volume, elegantly reproduced and with incisive commentary from author and Agatha Christie enthusiast John Curran (interestingly, his reviews of Tom’s art aren’t always positive), as well as captions by the artist himself.
Better still, the final chapter sees Tom revisit Agatha Christie novels in the present day, and produce new, large-scale compositions that provide a fresh take on her work. It’s a lovely conclusion to a comprehensive and well-thought out book.
Cover art from Poirot’s Early Cases. Tom admits it wasn’t a great idea to paint such a literal interpretation of the short story collection.