Welcome back to Art for All, wherein I make my best attempt at bringing artists and their work to the forefront of a subculture that might not already be aware. This Sci Fi Nerd edition is going to be special though, because it’s likely that this group is already well aware of a number of high profile artists working in their field of interest.
There’s no point in mentioning the likes of Chesley Bonestell, pioneer of modern Sci Fi art, Dean Ellis, H.R. Giger, Jack Kirby, Alan Lee or John Howe or Frank R. Paul because, well, what’s the point? You guys are almost guaranteed to already be familiar with their work. So here are some artists worth looking at, and maybe expand your conceptions of what Sci Fi art can be.
Yuko’s characteristic style blends a classic Japanese style with a commercial pop bent that lends itself well to everything from book covers to advertisements – the range of which she has been very successful in navigating throughout her career. Not all her work meets strict Sci Fi criteria, but a great deal of it does, and arguably all of her work lends itself to Fantasy.
I know what you are thinking: obvious. And yes, it may be a little obvious! However, he’s worth noting not only for his vast catalog of work but also because his latest retrospective from Titan Books is a stunning collection that should be on the shelf of any Sci Fi aficionado. From Lovecraft to Tolkien to Warhammer 40k, Miller has done it all and this retrospective brings his characteristic blend of obsessive line-work and gestural flow to your fingertips.
This UK based artist packs an obscene amount of detail into each illustration that enjoying the piece on a surface level is nearly impossible. Abstract Expressionism this is not. Some Sci Fi purists are probably going to bitch at me because his work is probably more Fantasy than SF, but those guys can blow me because Richey is an artist you should know about, and you can thank me later.
This woman is one of my all-time favorite artists. Her work is absolutely unapologetic and invokes a visceral reaction when you see it in person. Steel frames, leather, canvas and all sorts of recycled materials used to form the wall-hanging sculptures give them an undeniable post-apocalyptic feel, and the protruding, 3-dimensional ‘mouthes’ with holes as black as midnight are legitimately scary to view (or stick your face right up to…). Lord knows what is lying just beyond the wall. In addition to this, her illustrations and hanging sculptures (whose shadows form wild constellations on the floor!) only add to her very focused, undeniably-Bontecou world.
So there we have it. I hope you’ve met some new artists and fell in love the same way I did the first time I met them all. Inevitably, with a readership full of art lovers, I’ve probably missed some of your favorites. Don’t be shy and let me know who I’ve left out over on our Facebook page!