Syd Mead is one of the most influential designers of the last decades, having created iconic designs for some of the most important sci-fi movies ever made, from Blade Runner to Tron and Aliens.
His works have a stunning combination of visionary ideas, eye-catching settings and compositions and an incredible gouache rendering technique.
The sleek and futuristic yet plausible designs, ranging from conventional vehicles to spaceships, buildings and future gadgets, are enhanced by the detailed depiction of the surrounding environments, which really brings them to life.
In his illustration Syd Mead offers a positive vision of the future, a “high-tech utopian world” which is centered around human society rather than pure technology.
The “Syd Mead Progressions” art exhibit, on tour in the US for 2 years now, features 50 guache renderings, ranging from 1957 to 2010.
The event will have its next tour stop at the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery in Conway, South Carolina, from August 18, 2014 to October 18, 2014.
For more information visit the exhibition page at Syd’s official website and the complete gallery of the artworks on display. You can also find more details on selected artworks on CarArt.us, which has recently sold a number of original pieces.
We also recommend an interesting audio interview with Syd Mead by the Art Uncovered Podcast, made for the opening of “Syd Mead Future (Perfect)”, another personal exhibition held in in May-June 2012 in New York.
Lastly, below we report “2019: A Future Imagined”, a short documentary about Syd Mead’s background and vision of future and technology.