The hope with The Studio, besides the mundane need for more physical space in which to work, was for a creative synergy through which each artist would inspire the others in their pursuits. As they settled in to the large industrial loft they had located in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, the space itself became an expression of their creativity, with each member decorating his domain with his proliferating works of art, as well as artifacts and objects reflecting his own influences and predilections.  

The Studio realized its lofty ambitions to an extent, with Windsor-Smith, Kaluta, Wrightson and Jones producing many vital and important works during its existence, but the realities of varied temperaments in close proximity, combined with more practical pressures, led the artists to forsake their shared space. By the time a now classic book about their collective, titled simply The Studio, (cover shown above) was published in 1979 by Dragon’s Dream, the four had moved off in different directions, and The Studio had ceased to be.
Above: A detail from the BWS oil painting
Fate Sowing the Stars (1977)