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Our Gallery: The Crazy World of Sam Van Olffen

13 Jul

The Dieselpunk Encyclopedia is proud to present Sam Van Olffen, one of the greatest dieselpunk artists.
For starters, a short quote from his conversation with Tome Wilson (Dieselpunks.org, Aug. 27, 2009):

This will sound strange but I don’t think that anything comes directly from my brain. I’m just a vector, a kind of supra-physical translator. I’m not kidding. I just use information to make pictures, much as a computer makes pictures with binary language. My synapses translate data which comes from I don’t know where. That’s my role.

Another quote, from an interview published on jacksondeep.com (Oct. 8, 2010):

I’m more interested in the past as a way to understand the present and how in less than one century we all became “citizens of the age of the ephemera” as Alvin Toffler said pertinently. The lost civilizations, the great conflicts, men, discoveries, etc., whole those new quantic waves that were shaping the face of humanity. Needless to say it was more impressive than… Facebook!

There’s a lot to argue about but let’s put the argument aside. And proceed to the third interview, for the Gatehouse Gazette (#8, August 2009):

I have always wanted to create universes and characters, tell stories. I have always been attracted by science fiction and fantasy worlds, robots and monsters.I like big cities, pollution, oppressive atmospheres and everything connected with death. I like architecture and above all I like history. I let things happen. With all these elements combined you get dieselpunk. <…> You are right when you think dieselpunk fits my own style more. It is darker. Dieselpunk is the psychopathic son of steampunk.

Mask

Mask

You probably know that the art of Sam Van Olffen is often labeled as ‘steampunk’. Well, it’s easy, with all these top hats and balloons, Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau aesthetics. But the artist sees himself as a dieselpunk, expanding the genre’s limitations, crossing the borders, threading new paths. Let’s take a look:

Mona Lisa Overload

Mona Lisa Overload

Touareg

Touareg

Postman of Post-Ages

Postman of Post-Ages

Quand la Machine Dort

Quand la Machine Dort

Soilers of Steel

Soilers of Steel

Jericho

Jericho

Red Lights District

Red Lights District

Oxygen Palace

Oxygen Palace

WW2 Dieselpunk Version: Benitobot Mussolinoid

WW2 Dieselpunk Version: Benitobot Mussolinoid

WW2 Dieselpunk Version: Stalinator

WW2 Dieselpunk Version: Stalinator

Robottie Page

Robottie Page

The Big Race

The Big Race

WW1.2. Desolation

WW1.2. Desolation

Secretary

Secretary

Metakinoscope (Cinema Lesson)

Metakinoscope (Cinema Lesson)

Public Enemies

Public Enemies

Valentine Day Mission

Valentine Day Mission

Minimator

Minimator

Adam & Eve

Adam & Eve

© 2005-2012 Sam Van Olffen. All rights reserved. To see more Sam Van Olffen artwork please visit his blog.

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One response to “Our Gallery: The Crazy World of Sam Van Olffen

  1. Dan G

    July 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    How could anyone not see this as Steampunk extrapolated to a Dieselpunk dystopian universe? Grim, and yet Fantastic visions! A few I really love. Yet many send a shiver through me with the inescapable thought of . . . My God, what have we done???

    FANTASTIC!

     

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