This year’s Art Show opens Friday night with the Boskone Opening Ceremony and Reception in the Galleria. For more information, please visit our Art Show Information page.
Demos and Discussions
Boskone boasts rich art programming full of live demos, discussions, and exhibits. See our Artists in action as they create a new painting right before your eyes! Also, check out the art show for a unique look at some of the best art in the speculative fiction world and attend our art panels for in-depth and engaging discussions about art and the speculative art field.
Official Artist: Eric Wilkersen
Eric Wilkerson has had an unhealthy addiction to science fiction since 1987. The genre is something he’s been passionate about ever since being introduced to Star Trek as a child. He was captivated by the franchise’s message of unity between diverse groups of people; different races, different species, all working together for a common goal. It was something that he embraced immediately because there were people on the screen that looked like him and they weren’t servants, criminals or anything stereotypical. Science Fiction at its best has always been a form of social commentary. Precautionary tales and imagery that cover issues such as politics, race, prejudice and inequality. Over the past few years Eric has been focused on painting imaginative realism that showcases more ethnic diversity and has been increasingly interested in making art with more social commentary rather than creating benign genre paintings with no real message beyond the surface details and composition.
Eric was born in 1978 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Originally intending to be a comic book artist, Eric enrolled as a cartooning major at the School of Visual Arts in 1996. His plans were forever altered early into his college life when he was introduced to the works of J.P. Targete, Thomas Blackshear and Michael Whelan. He switched his major to illustration and began intensive professional training to land work as a scifi illustrator and concept artist.
Since graduating in 2000, Eric has walked an eclectic path working as a staff and freelance illustrator, concept artist, theatrical costume designer and digital matte painter for companies such as Disney, Activision, Scholastic, Weta Workshop, Blue Man Group, Dark Horse, Upper Deck and Marvel.
Eric lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife, two children and 5 of the10 seasons of “Smallville” on DVD.
Visit Eric at ericwilkersonart.com.
Artists Displaying in the Art Show
Art Show & Tours
Boskone features the most impressive speculative art show in New England. This year’s Art Show will showcase original works by our Official Artist as well as dozens of artists from New England and beyond. The show will have 100 panels, plus about a dozen tables for 3-D work. For an up-to-date listing of confirmed artists, please visit Boskone’s Artists/Art Resellers page.
For those interested in taking a piece of original art home, the Art Show hosts a silent auction which runs through throughout the weekend, closing at noon on Sunday. Winning bids and art show sales occur from 1-3pm on Sunday.
The Art Show also includes a Print Shop, with hundreds of reproductions available for immediate sale, and a resale area where anyone may enter previously-purchased items that they wish to sell.