Next we turn Sci-Fi-O-Rama up to eleven and present a retina-searing selection of art from Brazilian graphic and street art duo Douglas de Castro and Renato Reno, better known as Bicicleta sem Freio.
‘Bicicleta sem Freio’ is Portuguese for “bicycle without brakes” and it’s an apt moniker for a style that jams the visual cortex with a chaotic barrage of psychedelic illustration and design. Beautiful girls, 80s dogtooth patterns and disassembled bodies are woven through hard geometric shapes and rendered in a highly saturated palette, carefully chosen for maximum punch and underscored with a quirky sense of humour.
Starting his career as an architectural historian, Belgian artist and photographer Filip Dujardin has used his knowledge of contemporary vernacular architecture to create a body of remarkable speculative works. Reassembling everyday weathered elements of the contemporary built environment using photo-collage and rendering techniques, Dujardin builds edifices that look both ordinary and utterly impossible.
For the third installment of our classic Sci-Fi illustrators series, we move from one alien landscape master to another. He is an artist so exotic and distinctive he merits his own sub-genre.
I’m of course talking about British artist and designer Roger Dean (born 31 August 1944 in Ashford, Kent).
Following on from Em Niwa, Sci-Fi-O-Rama presents another Eastern-flavoured selection of fantastical art. Feebee is a Japanese illustrator and full-time artist whose professional career dates back to 2002. I came across her striking imagery via Pinterest and was compelled to dig deeper.
Welcome to the second part of our Classic Science-Fiction Illustrators series. Today we present the unmistakable iridescence of British artist Tim White (born 4 April 1952 in Erith, Kent).
Tim’s extensive career follows a trajectory similar to that of Jim Burns (Part 1). Both started out in the mid-1970s and evolved to produce cover art for many Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors. In Tim’s case, these include luminaries such as Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Terry Pratchett and H. P. Lovecraft.
First up, I’d just like to welcome onboard Ben Feldman to Sci-Fi-O-Rama. Ben will be reviewing Sci-Fi literature as the year unfolds, from the essentials to the esoteric, and he’ll also be posting regular artist samplers, this taste of Russian prodigy Yuri Shwedoff is the first.