Sci-fi art finds appreciative fans

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Weird is good, says a sci-fi artist whose imagination is plain to see in artworks that turn the most unlikely of materials into futuristic creations.
Sean Boyd says he gets a thrill out of repurposing what most would consider junk into heavy-duty artworks, and people who ‘‘get my way of thinking’’ are lapping up the results, with his work selling around New Zealand and internationally.
‘‘Weird sells.’’
Items such as truck lights, kettles, old gauges and corkscrews sit alongside parts from chandeliers, pasta makers and washing machines to create things such as lamps, rayguns and robots.
There are no rules, and no boundaries, Boyd awarding himself free rein to explore the deepest recesses of his mind and ‘‘be a 9-year-old boy’’ again.
He says his work is not steampunk, although some has a steampunk theme.
Instead, he calls himself a ‘‘sci-fi artist’’.
Boyd, a mechanic by trade who later did all manner of other jobs as well, made his first sci-fi art piece four years ago, when he wanted to get creative but could not paint or draw so was looking for another genre.
He ended making Alien Ray Gun and sold it online for $300, then took his creations to Queenstown markets, attracting both local and international attention.
Now he works full-time on his art and most of his pieces sell overseas. They sell for anything from $500 to $10,000.
Many of his pieces are commissions.
Lamps and rayguns are now his ‘‘staple’’ business but larger pieces such as robots and motorbikes feature as well. He uses ‘‘basic’’ tools only, such as a hacksaw, drilland screwdrivers. No two pieces are ever the same.
He loves it when people look at his sci-fi creations and ask if they work. The lamps do, but not the ray guns nor the motorbike.
Boyd used to write stories about each piece to accompany its sale, adopting the persona of a ‘‘failed intergalactic gunsmith’’ and telling grand stories of world takeovers and destruction.
But as the real world seemed to become more violent Boyd decided the stories were no longer appropriate, although he still delights in the futuristic names he invents for his artworks — Menacing Earth Invader, Zeltron Precisor, Molecule Transporter.
Boyd is just about to begin his 100th piece, and says there is no shortage of raw material in his double garage workshop. – Boyd’s exhibition ‘‘SoReal’’ is at Central Stories until October 19.