‘EVERYTHING NOT SAVED WILL BE LOST’ BY JESS JOHNSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jess Johnson (previously featured here) was born in Tauranga, New Zealand in 1979. In 2016 she relocated permanently to New York after twelve years of living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Her drawing and installation practice is influenced by the speculative intersections between language, science fiction, culture and technology. In her drawings she depicts complex worlds that combine densely layered patterns, objects and figures within architectural settings.

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Johnson’s drawings are often displayed within constructed environments that act as physical portals into her speculative worlds. Her recent video collaborations with Simon Ward have involved translating her drawings into animated Virtual Reality, thus enabling her audience to have the simulated experience of entering the hypnotic realms depicted in her drawings.

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GLORIOUS SPACE ART BY CHESLEY BONESTELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Chesley Bonestell, the “Father of Modern Space Art”, was and has been an important figure in science fiction, and even the American space program, where he helped influence manned space travel into a possibility with his imaginative study of outer space since the 1940’s.
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Where the Hubble Space Telescope gives us actual images of our universe today, Chesley Bonestell was the Hubble Space Telescope of yesterday, helping pave the way from his canvas to the final frontier: space.

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SCIENCE FICTION BY VIRGIL FINLAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.” 

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While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.

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COLOSSAL HUMANOIDS BY JEAN PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Jean-Pierre Roy (previously featured here) paints surreal scenes that deconstruct the known world. His work is often associated with science fiction, depicting alien wastelands inhabited by colossal humanoid beings, their bodies laden with geometric shapes, holographic projections, and mirrored panes. Rather than ascribing to science fiction specifically, however, Roy is more interested in fostering a critical, creative space that allows us to examine the systems of knowledge that construct reality.

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LIVERIED SPACECRAFTS BY PETER ELSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Peter Elson was an English science fiction illustrator whose work appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction paperback novels, as well as in the Terran Trade Authority series of illustrated books.

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Elson, whose illustrations often placed detailed, brightly liveried spacecraft against vividly colored backgrounds, influenced an entire generation of science fiction illustrators and concept artists.

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ISOMETRIC EPIC BY DAVID JIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist David Jien’s epic narrative is about the chronicles of an allegorical future detailing a battle in which human and anthropomorphic beings continue the struggle against a race of balloon-headed creatures and cold-blooded reptilian overlords who seek world domination.

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Taking inspiration from the infinite possibilities of science fiction, the isometric perspective and narrative geography of Nintendo and Chinese scroll paintings, the eroticism of Japanese pillow books and the limitless transformations of graffiti, Jien has crafted these intensely detailed scenarios in colored pencil on paper.

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TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE INTERTWINED BY KILIAN ENG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kilian Eng works as an illustrator and concept artist based out of his hometown of Stockholm Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from Konstfack, University of Arts Craft & Design in Stockholm with a bachelor and master in Illustration and storytelling.

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The visions created by him inhabit a landscape grown of blinking lights and structures of beautiful mechanics. Eng’s drawings show the artist as architect; as the omniscient voice controlling a self-created world. He works in science-fiction, but not the modern version of it – there are no horrors, no desolate worlds. He doesn’t envision an end time apocalypse, but a future where mankind has evolved to a place where technology and nature intertwine. There is optimism and hope even in the darkest and most alien of his pieces.

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ATMOSPHERIC GIFS BY CARL BURTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Carl Burton creates quick atmospheric GIFs that blend elements of science fiction and surrealism. Glittering illuminated tentacles appear to twist through the dark while neon lasers emerge from deep pools of water. Much of what you see here represents Burton’s personal experiments, but the NYC-based creative also lends his illustrative style to images for long-form publications around the web.

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POST-APOCALYPTIC ART BY YURI SHWEDOFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the post-apocalyptic art by Moscow-based artist, photographer, and movie maker, Yuri Shwedoff. His dystopian themes, often illustrating science-fiction like fantasies, merge technology and biology. The illustrations are defined by outdoor environments, portraits, and urban and suburban settings that are familiar yet strangely surreal.

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