‘Iapetus: The Monolith Waits’ (2016) by Steve Dodd. A
brand new painting from Steve Dodd, his first new space/scifi painting
in nearly 30 years. It is based on Arthur C Clarke’s book of 2001 rather
than the movie.
Steve Dodd is a
US artist who was at his most prolific in the 1980s with works
featured in Starlog, Omni and Future Life magazines along with European
book covers, art exhibitions with the Hildebrandt brothers and a commendation
from Arthur C Clarke. For various reasons Steve stepped back from the
rough and tumble of the scifi art scene which was hyper-competitive and
he eventually stopped painting. Over the last few years he has shared
some of his work with me, most never seen outside his studio. With this
spectacular painting Steve is most definitely back in business!
Mid-February is the time of year when, if it’s sunny at dusk, the light of the sunset illuminates Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls just right so that the falls seem to glow yellow and orange, making it look like the granite monoliths are on fire. Here’s a clip from 2016s version of the Yosemite Firefall.