|In North America, Jean Giraud|
(A.K.A. Moebius) may be
most famous for the
movie Valerian. But his work
has enormous range.
BBC aired a documentary on
his extraordinary work.
Image via Lambiek.net
The most recent winner, Julie Dillon, has won three of the last four awards presented. Four of the six shortlisted artists in 2017 had previously appeared on the ballot.
This is not to diminish the work of any of those artists – Dillon was high on our ballots last year. But it does indicate that when it comes to art, our voters and nominators have tended to look at a fairly narrow pool of artists.
|Jay Shaw's poster for Get Out|
is one of his more high-profile
works from 2017.
(Image via Mondo.com)
art books, alternate art posters, the availability of new artistic tools, and the fact that science fiction has gone mainstream, we are in the middle of a boom in science fiction art. Over the past decade, there have likely been more artists making science fiction art than there have ever been before. Some of the work that is flying under the radar of Hugo voters is breathtakingly imaginative, technically accomplished, and worthy of consideration.
The name Jay Shaw is probably not one that many World Science Fiction Society members will
directors Peter & Michael
Sperig preferred Jay Shaw's
poster for their movie over
the one that was used more
(Image via Mondo.com)
This year, Shaw upped his game with a poster for “Get Out,” an evocative and minimalist piece that created a connection between two motifs of Jordan Peele’s horror masterpiece, while his use of black and white in the design reinforces the racial commentary. He is an in-house designer at Mondo, but freelances for other organizations. This year, Shaw also designed the artwork for the board game “The Thing: Infection At Outpost 31,” based on John Carpenter’s classic 1982 movie, which is a beautifully detailed piece (despite not being a particularly great board game.) We recommend that you check out his portfolio website KingdomOfNonsense.com to view a wide range of his work and techniques, including both genre and mainstream works.
|One of the 2017 alternate Potter|
covers by Olly Moss parallels the
lightning bolt on Harry's forehead
to the skyline of diagonally.
(Image via Ollymoss.com)
A more unusual artist whose work is evidently science fictional is
Vancouver sculptor Brendan Tang. As far as we are aware, no artist whose work is primarily sculptural has ever been nominated for a Hugo Award, but a good argument could be made that Tang should be the first. His recent exhibition,
|Brendan Tang's mixed media sculptures|
play with the tension between traditional
forms and new technologies in a clearly
science fictional way.
(Image via designtodesign.com)
Another artist whose work marries the traditional with the contemporary is Comox First Nation artist Andy Everson.
|Comox artist Andy Everson|
explores contemporary indigenous
identity through pop culture.
(Image via infocusmagazine.com)
The appreciation of visual art is one of the most subjective experiences we have and, like all art forms, it is at its best when it challenges us. Art is iterative and emergent and therefore strengthened by diversity. Here’s hoping this year’s nominations for Best Professional Artist expand our horizons.