The Art of Steampunk seeks to celebrate the world of Steampunk: a world filled with beauty and innovation. A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking.
Inside, you will find the fantastical and stunning artwork of Steampunk artists from around the world. The 17 artists featured on these pages, among the frontrunners of the Steampunk genre, have had their work displayed at an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford, UK and have attracted the media attention of BoingBoing, one of the world’s largest blogs.
Their artwork consists of everything from clocks and watches to light fixtures and jewelry, but every piece demonstrates hours of painstaking work and devotion from its creator. You will find that the artists themselves are just as unique and colorful as their masterpieces. Fully embracing Steampunk ideology, many have adopted a Victorian alter ego—a mad scientist persona to match the complicated intricacies of their artwork.
The Art of Steampunk brings the vision of the Steampunk artist alive on the page, providing a unique insight into the captivating and dynamic world of a vastly underground genre.
About the Author:
Art Donovan was born and raised in New York City. He is an artist, designer and museum curator with 34 years of full time experience in the arts. From 1980 to 1990 he was the senior designer and head illustrator for Donald Deskey Associates, NYC. (Deskey was the Art Deco master and creator of Radio City Music Hall.) Since 1990, he has specialized in hand crafting custom lighting and illuminated sculptural objects for his company, Donovan Design. A brief list of Donovan Design clients include:
Tiffany & Co, NYC, The University of Baltimore, Md, Churchill Downs, Ky, Benetti Luxury Yachts, Italy, The First Church of Christ Scientist, NY, St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral, NV, Four Seasons Resorts Villas, St. Thomas,
Nine Zero Hotel, Boston, Disney Cruise Lines in addition to celebrated private residences, restaurants and casinos throughout the world.
This book is a fantastic read for anyone who is remotely interested in steampunk, design, sculpture or victoriana, and offers the newcomer an excellent introduction to the genre. In The Art of Steampunk, Art Donovan explains the origins of the genre, which has been around since the Victorian era but that has only been known as "Steampunk" since the 1980s. Donovan also explains in the book the genre's relationship with both 'steam' and 'punk'.
The book features the work of artists from around the world, including Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Canada. It also features full colour photographs and easy to understand terminology, which will appeal to both newcomers and stalwart fans of the genre.
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Publication Date: 1 August 2011
Note: I received pre-release access to this book free from the publisher via NetGalley for the purposes of review. I am not required to give a positive review, just an honest one. The opinions expressed are my own.