D. West of Embsay, Skipton in the United Kingdom has won the 2011 Rotsler Award, given for long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300.
West is known for a satirical eye and a sour wit, which he directs as freely upon himself as others. He is in fact more versatile, which he sometimes reveals. West famously wrote an overview of fan artists for Simon Ounsley’s Lagoon, each entry accompanied by a sample of the artist’s work – every one a virtually undetectable fake produced by West’s own hand.
West is a three-time winner of the Fanzine Activity Achievement Award (FAAn) as Best Fan Artist (1995, 1998, 2000) and a three-time nominee for the Best Fan Artist Hugo Award (1979, 1987, 1999).
The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, a non-profit corporation, which in 2006 hosted the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention. The award is named for the late Bill Rotsler, a talented and prolific artist over many years. Claire Brialey, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz served as this year’s judges.
The award was formally announced on Saturday, November 27, 2011 at Loscon 38. An exhibit honoring West’s work was displayed in the Art Show.
For more about the Rotsler Award, visit www.scifiinc.org/rotsler/. Samples of West’s work will be posted shortly.