Painting of a Science Fiction Scene with a City and Volcanoes by Anton Brzezinski

Unfriendly Skies: Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Art

You want a "Space Force"? First, take a look at Anton Brzezinski's colorful, sexy, harrowing futurescapes.

The vibrant paintings of American artist and writer Anton Brzezinski (b. 1946) are difficult to classify. Hallucinatory noir? Fantasy pulp? Cartoon sci-fi with a touch of Armageddon? As it turns out, his vision partakes of all of those descriptions, and more — with Salvador Dali's unsettling dreamscapes a key inspiration for many of his works. Pictured: Brzezinski's "Science Fiction Scene with a City and Volcanoes."

EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALIEN ATTACKING SPACEMEN Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALIEN ATTACKING SPACEMEN Long fascinated by film making, Brzezinski spent time in Hollywood in the late 1960s. (His first large Surrealist-inspired painting, "The Voyeur," appeared in a movie directed by the granddaddy of American independent film, Roger Corman.) But his legacy might best be assured by the paintings he made at the request of the famed science fiction editor Forrest J. Ackerman — the man credited with coining the term "sci-fi." A number of years before he died in 2008, Ackerman commissioned Brzezinski to reproduce, on a grand scale, works by the great fantasy and sci-fi magazine illustrator, Frank R. Paul (1884 – 1963). Most of the undated works here are products of that commission. FUTURISTIC NEW YORK CITY Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images FUTURISTIC NEW YORK CITY

Other Stories For You

ALIEN SPACESHIP ATTACKING A CITY Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images ALIEN SPACESHIP ATTACKING A CITY SCIENCE FICTION SCENES WITH PORTRAIT OF ILLUSTRATOR FRANK R. PAUL Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images SCIENCE FICTION SCENES WITH PORTRAIT OF ILLUSTRATOR FRANK R. PAUL
Painting of Spacecraft Struck by a Meteor by Anton Brzezinski
Painting of Collision Between Spaceships by Anton Brzezinski
Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images ROBOTIC ALIEN ATTACK Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images ROBOTIC ALIEN ATTACK ALIENS FIGHTING SPACEMEN Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images ALIENS FIGHTING SPACEMEN FEMALE EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALIENS WITH SPACEMEN Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images FEMALE EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALIENS WITH SPACEMEN
Painting of Underwater Scene with Nude Girl in Tube by Anton Brzezinski
Painting with an Astronaut in a Space Capsule by Anton Brzezinski
Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images MONTAGE OF OUTER SPACE AND OTHER SCIENCE FICTION SCENES Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images MONTAGE OF OUTER SPACE AND OTHER SCIENCE FICTION SCENES ROBOT ABDUCTING WOMAN Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images ROBOT ABDUCTING WOMAN SCIENCE FICTION SCENE WITH SCIENTISTS IN LABORATORY Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images SCIENCE FICTION SCENE WITH SCIENTISTS IN LABORATORY SCIENCE FICTION SCENE WITH WARRIORS RIDING PTEROSAURS Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images SCIENCE FICTION SCENE WITH WARRIORS RIDING PTEROSAURS ALIEN ROBOT ON THE RAMPAGE Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images ALIEN ROBOT ON THE RAMPAGE ROBOT LADY Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images ROBOT LADY SCIENCE FICTION SCENE WITH FLOATING CRUISE SHIP Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images SCIENCE FICTION SCENE WITH FLOATING CRUISE SHIP ALIEN CITY WITH RED EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALIENS Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images ALIEN CITY WITH RED EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALIENS MARTIAN Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images MARTIAN SCIENCE FICTION SCENE WITH EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALIEN INSECT CITY Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images SCIENCE FICTION SCENE WITH EXTRATERRESTRIAL ALIEN INSECT CITY MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE Cristina Monaro/Corbis via Getty Images MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE



For more FOTO stories directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.