This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of WHERE IT ALL BEGINS, by the band and the last appearance of Dickie Betts and the late great Allen Woody in a studio album.The album was released in May of 1994. This year also marks the 45th anniversary of the band and their swan song farewell tour scheduled to end this October at the Beacon Theater in NY.

I am making plans to hopefully do an exhibition in NY of my artwork for ABB at that time. I am releasing a VERY LIMITED PORTFOLIO collection only 50 sets that will include the following,

1. Hand embellished high end print and pencil signed on museum paper of the WIAB cover.
2. hand embellished high end print signed in pencil on museum paper of the 1994 tour shirt art MEDUSSA JAM
3. 1995 tour art shirt entitled AZTEC MUSHROOM .
4. A original pencil drawing by me on velum paper of the cover art signed, your chance to own a ioannis one of a kind original.
5. Artists proof of the 2007 ABB/RATDOG tour art
6. A signed DEREK TRUCKS print.
Everything comes in a black portfolio numbered with a COA.




Hello to all have been working on several projects and a bit overwhelmed, I will be sharing soon, However here is the new cover for WIZARDS OF WINTER a symphonic band that will be touring October through December in the North east of the US album to be released at that time. Very very talented, if you want your eggnog with a real kick of progressive rock these are your people. check them out at

Legendary record cover artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Weir, Allman Brothers Band, Dream Theater) will be joining forces with The Wizards of Winter to produce cover artwork for their upcoming album to be released later this year. Ioannis will also design merchandise and the tour art for their upcoming 2014 schedule.

Says Ioannis, “I think The Wizards of Winter is an incredibly talented group of individuals and it will be cool to work on their holiday project, so I am really looking forward to doing this.” Plans are also in discussion for additional ventures to be announced later this year.

The Wizards of Winter, the prog-metal-meets-classical rock band that has been hard at work recording their second release, are excited to be working with this iconic artist for the design of their album cover artwork. Ioannis has created the covers of over 170 albums, with his art firmly rooted in fantasy and surrealism. The currently untitled album, produced by Tommy Farese of Trans-Siberian Orchestra fame, promises to continue the band’s style of integrating elements of hard rock and classical influences into a distinctive blend of original compositions.

“We are honored to have the privilege to work with a creative master like Ioannis,” said Scott Kelly, leader of The Wizards of Winter. “His art work has graced the album covers of so many of the music industry’s legendary performers that he too, truly is a legend. When Ioannis contacted us and told us that he really liked our material and wanted to work together, we were really quite surprised given where the band is in its development. It is just another proof point that the Wizards are really beginning to gain some broad recognition.

After speaking with Ioannis, Steve Ratchen, one of the other co-founders of the band, and I both found that besides being a very nice and approachable guy, his artistic concepts and marketing directions appear to be exactly what we need at this time to assist us in moving to the next level. We are humbly grateful that he has chosen to work with us and greatly look forward to working with him.”

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