Art of the future

Taking a similar futuristic view to George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, published in 1949, Life in 2050 is an art exhibition which sees 22 artists transport their imaginations to 40 years from now.

The eclectic range of graphic artists include the likes of Alex Trochut, Tom Gallant, Dan McPharlin and Universal Everything, who were commissioned by graphic design studio Transmission to create original pieces of work that depict what life will be like in 2050.

Founder of Transmission and curator of the exhibition Stuart Tolley developed the idea to accompany the ninth annual Sci-Fi London Film Festival.

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‘I approached a mixed range of artists with varying styles and techniques in order for the work to trigger conversations and spark ideas about the future,’ says Tolley.

The eerie illustrations prompt memories from past TV shows to ideas of futuristic-looking worlds – cyborgs possibly cast by Doctor Who, towering skyscrapers, global warming and a static vision of the Peak District, unchanged by the years.

Universal Everything uses scraperboard and acrylic paint to show the 20 million-year-old rocks of the Peak District, that will exist beyond our time.
Universal Everything uses scraperboard and acrylic paint to show the 20 million-year-old rocks of the Peak District, that will exist beyond our time.

Dan McPharlin’s ‘Year One’ image depicts the world scorched by global warming and ecological neglect.
Dan McPharlin’s ‘Year One’ image depicts the world scorched by global warming and ecological neglect.

Tom Gallant work represents the date by which Newspeak becomes the official language of Oceania in Orwell’s 1984, 2050.
Tom Gallant work represents the date by which Newspeak becomes the official language of Oceania in Orwell’s 1984, 2050.

Alex Trochut uses the lyrics from ‘The Fortune Cookie Symphony’ by Sascha Funke as inspiration; which in many aspects talks about the future in its dark side.
Alex Trochut uses the lyrics from ‘The Fortune Cookie Symphony’ by Sascha Funke as inspiration; which in many aspects talks about the future in its dark side.

All artworks will be available to buy from the 22 April at www.life-in-2050.com

Life in 2050, runs from 22 April to 4 May at the Proud Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London WC2A.

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