Astronaut Dinosaur – Paintings by Scott Listfield

Scott Listfield is known for his paintings featuring a lone exploratory astronaut lost in a landscape cluttered with pop culture icons, corporate logos, and tongue-in-cheek science fiction references.

“I paint astronauts and, sometimes, dinosaurs”

Scott Listfield - Parking Ticket
Scott Listfield – Parking Ticket

“Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1968, well before I was born, so I have no first hand knowledge of how it was received. I don’t know if people really believed we’d be living in space in 2001, if we’d have robot butlers and flying cars, geodesic lunar homes, and genetically reconstituted dinosaurs helping or eating us. But from Lost in Space to the Jetsons to Jurassic Park, it seems that popular culture has fostered this space-age perception of the future.”

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Scott Listfield - Pepsi HAL
Scott Listfield – Pepsi HAL
Scott Listfield - Jurassic Parking
Scott Listfield – Jurassic Parking

“Generations raised on these TV shows, movies, comic books, and novels are now grown and living in a future filled with mini vans, Starbucks, iPads, and Hip Hop videos. In many ways, the year 2001 failed to live up to expectations. And yet the world today is peculiar in ways unimagined in 1957, when Sputnik was launched, or in 1968, when 2001 was released, or even in 1994, at the dawn of the internet. The present is in fact a very unusual place, and it’s strangest in the ubiquity of things we take for granted.

The astronaut in my paintings is simply here to explore the present.”

Scott Listfield - Simian Survival
Scott Listfield – Simian Survival
Scott Listfield - Very Large Robot
Scott Listfield – Very Large Robot
Scott Listfield - Landscape
Scott Listfield – Landscape
Scott Listfield - Death to Humans
Scott Listfield – Death to Humans
Scott Listfield - Hollywood Prime
Scott Listfield – Hollywood Prime
Scott Listfield - Alien Crossing
Scott Listfield – Alien Crossing
Scott Listfield - Escape from NY
Scott Listfield – Escape from NY
Scott Listfield - Coke Droid
Scott Listfield – Coke Droid
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2 thoughts on “Astronaut Dinosaur – Paintings by Scott Listfield

  1. …the world today is peculiar in ways unimagined in 1957, when Sputnik was launched, or in 1968, when 2001 was released, or even in 1994, at the dawn of the internet.

    ‘Peculiar’ – yes. ‘Unimagined’ – no, not really. Mass consumerism began as a wave in the 50s – by 1994 it was already firmly entrenched. Aliens, robots, and dinosaurs were a permeating part of pop culture by 1957 – by 1994 the only unsure thing about them was how different could they be presented. Even the internet, in some shape or form, was all but expected in the future by 1957.

    What we have today is a bland realization of the culture and technologies that were already taking form in the mid-20th century. Perhaps that is part of why things are taken for granted – expectation. Folks knew we would get here somehow – they just thought it would be more grand.

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