For some time, that image above was the background on my computer. It was eventually replaced by another image, but both are by the same artist; Syd Mead. The godfather of retro-futuristic art created some truly stunning pieces that helped define a generation of film, album covers, television, advertising, and the people that consumed those things.
There’s no doubt his style had an impact on a generation of artists to follow. Simon Stålenhag comes to mind.
If you want a deeper look at his artwork, check out The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist. Also, Jason Torchinsky has a lovely obituary for the man over on Jalopnik. Syd Mead passed away on December 30th, 2019. He was 86 years old.
To celebrate Mr Mead, I’d love to see some of your favorite pieces of art created by Syd. Share them in the comments.