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.”
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.
Colombian illustrator Juan Osorno’s surreal astro-anatomical illustrations are not only an expression of the imagination but of the very experience of drawing. Faces that cave into landscapes and galaxies, anatomically precise studies of a hand that spill into a cascade of blood vein-like roots.
Osorno’s work is imbued with the scientific precision of botanical drawings and an almost mathematical examination of perspective and space within the two-dimensional paper palette. The combination of beautiful natural elements like geometric shapes, constellations and the human body make very interesting images, showing a deeper, more emotional, layer than the images you find in anatomical books.
Bruna Canepa is an illustrator, architect, writer for the music blog Suppaduppa and co-founder of Miniatura, a project she created with architect and artist Ciro Miguel in 2011. As an illustrator, Bruna is obsessed with exploring space related themes and objects, clearly evident in her various interpretations of rockets and satellites. Her drawings combine basic geometric shapes with few but effective colors to great effect.
Harold Ancart is a Belgian artist living and working in New York, transformed the trunk of his jeep into a studio and set out on a road trip across the United States. He wanted to experience the vastness of the country he now called home. Along the way he would pull his car over whenever he saw something that moved him to draw.
Ancart’s creative process involves drawing and space. Allowing for chance and repetition, he often works in situ creating sculptural installations with found objects, minimal traces, and graphic underlining to reveal the surfaces, the specificities and the situation of the place.
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.
Elson, whose illustrations often placed detailed, brightly liveried spacecraft against vividly colored backgrounds, influenced an entire generation of science fiction illustrators and concept artists.
Enter a fantastical space village imagined by Korean illustrator Lookandraw. Illustrations of astronauts, cats, and a cheesecake-dwelling narwhal populate Korean artist Lookandraw’s space-faring Instagram account. Each drawing feels like a small puzzle piece of a vibrant community that happens to be freefloating in space.
Andrés Gamiochipi is a Mexican-born artist that combines cultural and geographical elements within collages that at first glance generate visual impact. Gamiochipi’s work is often influenced by attributes and the cultural environment of his hometown. Through a smile he shows his unconcern to deliver messages with extreme nuances.
With each carefully placed cut, Gamiochipi fills his work with rich textures, shades and patterns, and without fear ensures that his collages express his beliefs and convictions. Gamiochipi produces addictive pieces of art, which demonstrates his ability for reflection and fun in the day to day.
Zurich based artist Heiko Blankenstein has a focus on extra-terrestrial landscapes, galactic phenomena and the efforts of scientifically explaining them. His obsessive drawings and lightboxes with their figurative imagery and multiple narrative levels place his own work into existing iconography.
Not all motives derive from Blankenstein himself, but instead converge as a result of unrestricted combinations, embedding studies of nature as well as art history in a new state of aggregation. He works on astronomical and alchemical illustrations of early modern times, depictions of cosmologic models, the prospectus of old master landscapes and interior spaces of historic examples of architecture.
Denver-based artist Travis Hetman touches on themes of space, time, and an endless frolic between meaning and meaninglessness, through drawing, painting, and installation work. In his work, you’ll find a portal to a landscape and a seat constructed on a glimmer of infinite space. The blank space of the page is an invitation to sit, to think and to contemplate, but you can’t take it with you.
Karen Lynch is an Australian artist, focussing on hand-cut vintage paper collage. She sources material from vintage magazines, catalogues and books. Architecture, nature, space and time are common elements within her visual dialogue. Central to her art is the resuscitation and transformation of pieces of the past into retro-futuristic or surreal landscapes.
Obsessed with color and geometry, Karen’s collages can be playful, often tell a story and try to inspire the viewer. Using old school scissors and glue, Karen creates surreal and retro-futuristic worlds using vintage magazines and books found at thrift stores and markets. She loves the process of juxtaposing 2 or more disparate images and transforming them into impossible landscapes that feel almost real.