W&P Exhibit:Elektra Assassin
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Elektra: Assassin
Story by: Frank Miller
Artwork by: Bill Sienkiewicz

Artwork Medium: watercolor on paper
Date Created: 1985/1986

Publication Date: August 1986
Publisher:EPIC Comics, Marvel Comics Group

Original Art Size: 11"x17"

Printed Size: 7"x10"

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"Working with Bill Sienkiewicz is like riding a bucking bronco. He's wild," says his collaborator Frank Miller. Although other comic book artists work with paints, few have explored advanced techniques with the verve of Bill Sienkiewicz. He mixes media, employing oils, acrylics and collages of objects ranging from photocopies to transistors but his most significant contribution to comics is the intensity of his personal vision.

Sienkiewicz established his professional ability with his early work on Moon Knight in 1980, but, dissatisfied with conventional comic book drawing he left the field to spend time studying in Paris. He came back determined to employ modern painting techniques in the comic book medium.

"I think that artists, in general, have a responsibility in our society to expose people to new ways of seeing things. Comic artists have that responsibility too" says Sienkiewicz.

Bill Sienkiewicz has been a generous supporter of the Words & Pictures Museum since its opening in 1992. His original artwork has been exhibited in a number of WAP displays, both one-man shows and thematic exhibits. (See Museum History)

Bill's artwork was featured most recently at WAP in 1998, celebrating the 20Th Anniversary of Heavy Metal magazine. Amongst those works exhibited was the mixed media piece seen here.

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