It was good to get down to Richmond Upon Thames this week, for the private viewing of Brave New Worlds. Twenty-five works of art make up the exhibition - all of which had been painstakingly selected from over 500 submissions.
My painting, Awakening greets you by the door as you go in, which is nice. What struck me about the exhibition was the wide variety of styles, mediums and interpretations on offer, although the majority of the work depicted dystopias, which perhaps reflects the mental state of the nation at this present time!
It was a good turn out - the two small exhibition rooms in Richmond's Old Town hall were literally jam packed with people at one point during the evening. I had the pleasure of talking to fellow artists Martin Kerrison and Freeda Sangra, whose painting No-One Looks Evil in the Eye and Wants It was my personal favourite work on show and simply dominated the wall it adorned.
What with the Out of this World... exhibition of sci-fi art currently running at the British Library and now Brave New Worlds just a few miles away in Richmond, it does feel like a healthy and exciting time once again for science-fiction artwork. Let's hope it's just an indication of the shape of things to come!