Hello, I Am Gerard Thomas
こんにちは私はジェラドトーマスです

 

I‘d like to say I am big in Japan… but I’m not.

 

Through my passions and interests I have managed to do a lot of things in the field of design – from designing motorcycles (Ducati Motorcycles), apparel, and experiential installations (for the likes of Sony, MountainCycles, Telstra, NZ Navy…), to doing illustrations for magazines.

I’m that person HR type people can’t cope with.

Unashamedly drawn to conceptual ideas and design that can only be described as uniquely Japanese in their thinking and identity, when I am not working on websites I continue to develop my own, increasingly abstract, corner of the science fiction universe through words and visuals.

I can also be found doing the odd piece of commercial illustration or design work.

 

MAG-100 and… ‘The Silent’…?

And what about the work I post here?

While my influences are, and always will be, the greats from the golden age of science fiction illustration – Chris Foss, Peter Elson, John Harris, Jim Burns, Chris Moore, to name but a few, over the past few years I have found myself increasingly drawn to artists out of Japan.

While I am sure at a local level the scene is every bit as circular as Western art, from the outside the expressions of ideas and concepts, drawn from a totally different point of view and culture, I find very raw; the values placed upon them are completely different than those from the West. But most importantly, much of it, at least in terms of what I explore, is devoid of the overarching, Hollywood driven, influences spawned from the likes of Star Wars; and it’s this which I find both challenging and refreshing.

As an evolution of conceptual ideas formed over several years, my interlinked projects – ‘MAG-100’ and ‘The Silent’  have passed through various incarnations, as I navigated my own thoughts about what science fiction, and science fiction ‘art’ is and, more importantly to me, is not. As a result, these projects have become an attempt to build, and visualise, a universe that is explorative, experimental, and perhaps challenging… as I feel science fiction should be.

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