The work of artist Kilian Eng shows us a near perfect future — space as our new home, full of organic temples of technology. His world contains an ancient darkness but it’s not based in fear, but in the excitement of the cosmic unknown.
Eng captures that breathless thrill I imagine when I dream about citizen space travel, when we, the common folk, will take our first look at the Earth from the sky. There are no apocalyptic wars and dead planets in Eng’s vision, he takes us into a more human science-fiction future. One of cosmic Gods and an evolved mankind bent on exploration.
Eng has done work for bands, films, and other groups wanting his specific style. A constant worker, Kilian has a body of original work that he posts online, but very few of his original pieces exist as prints.
After a few dozen interviews with artists over the years I’ve come to realize that not many freelance artists have the time to create just for themselves. There are paying jobs on the calendar, clients to please and deadlines to meet, bills to pay. My personal art collection is full of those paying jobs — gig posters, movie posters, album artwork, but I wanted to know what these artists would make if they didn’t have to worry about money or deadlines.
What would they create if there was no long process of submitting sketches for approval, making changes, etc.? I decided if I cared that much about it I should do something, have Evil Tender be the client and hire the artist to make whatever they wanted. Simple. No interference.
For the first limited edition print release for Evil Tender Presents I went straight to Eng. Here was an artist with a body of work that was consistent and with depth, but who had very few original prints out there (giclees available at inprnt.com), and no original screenprints. As a fan that’s what I wanted, to see what Kilian would do if given free reign to create whatever he could dream of. He was on board and went off to work and a few months later came back with the final design for ‘The Planet Chamber.’
Being the first Evil Tender Presents print, I was full of questions. I couldn’t have done this without the help and insight of Dan Black, Ash Thorp, Richey Beckett, Jack Durieux and the fine folks at Seizure Palace Printing.
Kilian Eng’s ‘The Planet Chamber’ is a 24″ x 36″ 7 color screenprint goes on sale June 18th.
Kilian Eng’s ‘The Planet Chamber’
24″ x 36″ 7 Color Screen Print
Hand Numbered Edition of 160
Printed by Seizure Palace Screen Printing