THE FUTURIST (Syd Mead)
Oil on panel
70 x 100 cm
Syd Mead is one of my mentors and a designer and artist that I’ve been admiring since I saw his paintings and works for the very first time. His unique artistic style, his intellectual and outstanding ideas and his vision of a future are an inspiration for many creatives and have had enormous impact on the film and entertainment industry. He worked on films such as Tron, Blade Runner, 2010, Aliens etc. Real masterpieces in its genre.
I visited Syd a few times in his house and studio in Pasadena, CA. As much his works and ideas are unique, as adequate unique is he as an individual person. Very nice character, kind, humorous and someone who enjoys life. I had the wish to portray him since his works and mentorship have influenced and shaped my works as well.
Finally last year (2015) I asked Syd if he would allow me to paint him. I was thrilled when he agreed and so I visited him last summer, talked about the portrait, did sketches and took photos. Back in Germany I started putting it together to a composition and worked on the painting. One of my personal milestones.
And here it is, the final…