This year’s Art Show opens Friday night with the Boskone Opening Ceremony and Reception in the Galleria. For more information, please visit our Art Show Information page.
Demos and Discussions
Boskone boasts rich art programming full of live demos, discussions, and exhibits. See our Artists in action as they create a new painting right before your eyes! Also, check out the art show for a unique look at some of the best art in the speculative fiction world and attend our art panels for in-depth and engaging discussions about art and the speculative art field.
Official Artist: Marianne Plumridge
Marianne Plumridge is an Australian-born artist and writer who lives in Rhode Island, USA, with her husband, illustrator Bob Eggleton. They share their home with over 1,000 Godzilla monster toys, and just as many dinosaurs, dragons, and other odd beasties and creature figurines. The rest of the house is occupied by numerous books, paintings, art materials, and CDs. It really is a creative atmosphere, where inspiration is never lost for long.
In the last few years, Marianne has returned to her fine art roots by refining her oil painting techniques. As well as painting natural subjects, Marianne has combined birds and robots into an ongoing series of ‘technology lost in nature’ paintings that include quirky tin toy robot adventures, to great acclaim. Her other ongoing concurrent themes of cosmic whales and pointy rocket-ship paintings still enjoy success and popular favor. The results can be found online at: ‘Daub du Jour.’ Even more recently, Marianne has revived her interest in painting figurative works and portraits. Her experimental, ‘self-testing’ exploration of painting people again continues apace.
In connection with her long held writing ambitions, Marianne writes book reviews and notes on her second Blog, ‘Muse du Jour.’ Finished works of fiction have found their way into magazines and anthologies over the years, as well as articles and essays. Currently, Marianne continues to work on writing the nearly complete text for a book called “Bob Eggleton’s Ice Age America” for Impossible Dreams Press, in collaboration with her husband. It will feature essays and epic artwork and visions of prehistoric peoples, megafauna, and flora…and especially Mammoths and Mastodons. Marianne and Bob’s first collaboration as writer and artist, a children’s picture book called If Dinosaurs Lived in My Town was released in November 2013 from Sky Pony Press. Late this year, one of Marianne’s ‘more than doodle’ rocket paintings will grace the cover of Analog Magazine in the November/December 2017 Issue.
Special Art Exhibit
This year’s Art Show is truly amazing, featuring a special exhibit curated by Joe Siclari and Edie Stern.
“What a piece of work is man. How noble in reason…”
Science fiction readers are familiar with other forms than man, some equally admirable. Some might appear nightmarish or cuddly or, er, ordinary like the creature next door (almost!). Some mirror our fears and aspirations; some are just shiny.
Join us at the next Boskone special art exhibit where we explore the creatures of the universe as imagined by some of the greatest artists of the field, past and present. See how genre illustrators have depicted intelligence within non-human beings, from aliens to underpeople.
collageBoskone55 3For more than a hundred years, we have imagined aliens and robots, genetically engineered intelligences and cyborgs. Are sapients always readily identifiable? How do artists overcome the challenges of conveying intelligence?
Artists represented will include: Rick Berry, Hannes Bok, Jim Burns, Vincent Di Fate, Alex Ebel, Bob Eggleton, Ed Emsh, Virgil Finlay, Kelly Freas, Fred Freeman, Donato Giancola, Mel Hunter, Greg Manchess, Frank R. Paul, Bruce Pennington, Marianne Plumridge, John Schoenherr, Ed Valigursky, Ron Walotsky, Michael Whelan and more.
Join us as we see non-human intelligence through the eyes of accomplished illustrators of the science fiction genre. As always, the Boskone special art exhibit is sourced from the collections of artists and local enthusiasts.
Art Show & Tours
Boskone features the most impressive speculative art show in New England. This year’s Art Show will showcase original works by our Official Artist as well as dozens of artists from New England and beyond. The show will have 100 panels, plus about a dozen tables for 3-D work. For an up-to-date listing of confirmed artists, please visit Boskone’s Artists/Art Resellers page.
For those interested in taking a piece of original art home, the Art Show hosts a silent auction which runs through throughout the weekend, closing at noon on Sunday. Winning bids and art show sales occur from 1-3pm on Sunday.
The Art Show also includes a Print Shop, with hundreds of reproductions available for immediate sale, and a resale area where anyone may enter previously-purchased items that they wish to sell.