Sci-Fi Fine Art So Far

Here’s a gallery of my recent art that is about science fiction directly, influenced by it, or I think would appeal to people who like it. Click on any of the images to go into the gallery. [You can see the same images at the bottom, where you can click on them for full screen view, and follow a link for an in-depth post on the piece.]


Sci-fi is a big influence on my art, mostly from a nostalgic perspective. When I was a kid, sci-fi movies were my fine art – an imaginative leap into the mysterious, unknown, transcendent. Each week when the TV guide would arrive, I’d pour through it and circle all the sci-fi movies. It was always best if there was a monster, or a robot. I didn’t care for horror or fantasy though, as for me those genres didn’t capture my imagination, and weren’t as scary or fantastic as something like the Outer Limits.

The original Battlestar Gallactica used to come on Sunday nights, and I’d plan my week around it (to the degree I did any planning at all). I can vividly remember a TV Guide cover that showed the wires and mechanisms inside the Six Million Dollar Man’s forearm. And there was a billboard for one of the Planet of the Apes series that emblazoned itself on my imagination. I saw it from the back seat of my parents car as we drove by it on the highway, and never forgot it.

I was a working class kid with a used B&W TV and a library card. I never saw Star Wars in the movie theater. I saw it years after it came out, on a TV at summer school playground. So there was always a longing to be immersed in these fantastic sci-fi landscapes which couldn’t be immediately satisfied. I had to make my own sci-fi art. Lots of robots, aliens, monsters and space ships. I even still have a lot of them, tucked away with hundreds of other early pieces.

I don’t think of myself as a Sci-Fi artist at all, because I’m not a genre artist. People like the familiar and the easy-to-classify. I refuse to do it. A long time ago Sci-Fi stopped representing the transcendent for me (and by “transcendent” I just mean something that engages us beyond boring, quotidian existence). I got heavily immersed in music, and then Fine Art, and literature, and later I focused on non-fiction.

When I use Sci-Fi themes in the present, it’s partly out of my immediate interest, but also autobiographical, because it harkens back to the thing I found the most exciting and interesting when I was a kid. I say it’s “Sci-Fi Fine Art” because I have a “fine art” background, including a master’s. Believe me, my art education had absolutely nothing to do with the art I am doing now. My graduate thesis was an installation. Now that I’m not in art school, and because I’m an independent artist (I don’t sell through a gallery and am not a part of the art institution), I can do whatever the F I want, so I do precisely what I love. I assume that if I like it, other discerning viewers will, too.

And now the same images again. Click for full view, and follow the links for posts dedicated to the piece in question, usually with close-ups, my intended meaning, and other goodies.


Infinite Objectivity

See more about this image here:


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Untitled with 2 creatures [June 2015]. This is a re-creation of a piece I made over 20 years ago, which was lost.

More about this image here.


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Extrusion of the Psychonaut

See more about this image here.


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The End Came Swiftly

See more about this image here.


Alien, Grey, E.T.

The Agony and the Extraterrestrial

See more about this image, with details, here.


The End Came Swiftly

The End Came Swiftly (original B&W version)

See more about this image here.


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Awakening Upon Death of the Bride of the Creature.

See mor about the revisions here.
See more about the original version, which also discusses the content here.


Robot Versus Monster

Robot Vs Monster, digital version

See more about this image here.


The Human Fly, by Eric Kuns, digital image

The Human Fly,. 12/2013 (After I put it in color, as a digital painting)

See more about this image here.


The Human Fly. 11/2013

The Human Fly. 11/2013 (Black and white initial version)

See more about this image here.


Eric Kuns, “Alien Autopsy” (1997-205) digital illustration

Eric Wayne, “Alien Autopsy” (1997-205) digital illustration

See a lot of information about this image here.


Work In Progress!

EUOF: Work In Progress.

This one’s still in progress. The B&W stage is coming along, but I will eventually put it in color and make it into an impasto digital painting.


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Prints available here.

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2 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Fine Art So Far

  1. I love how emotionally involving these are – it’s a very unsettling the gap between my memory/ expectation of SF imagery and what you deliver. And Alien Autopsy is just plain beautiful.

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    1. Thanks. Almost nobody likes the Alien Autopsy. It’s quite an old piece. I think I finished it 9 years ago, but may have retouched it since then. I thought with all the people obsessed with Area 51 and so on that it would have some popular appeal. Au contraire. I also thought people would like “The Agony and the Extraterrestrial”. Wrong again. The spin I put on subjects (like the humor in the over-the-top grossness of the Alien Autopsy or Human Fly, or the humanity I infuse into them) seems to put people off. They want the reiteration and thus reaffirmation of what they already are familiar with. I don’t actually like sci-fi art much, unless it transcends the genre. But if it does transcend the genre, well, for most people, it seems like that’s about as welcome as going to McDonald’s, ordering a Big Mac, and getting some other burger. Even if it’s got better ingredients…, it just isn’t a Big Mac. To be successful as an artist, the surest route is to hammer out derivitive schlock.

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