Bye Bye, Robot has just announced the launch of six brand-new Star Trek prints that span from Star Trek: The Original Series to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to Star Trek: Voyager, and feature contributions from returning artists Jeff Foster, Charity Wood, Drew Riley and Paul Shipper.
Foster's offering is a depiction of the U.S.S. Voyager. Inspired by Star Trek: Voyager’s 20th anniversary, Foster serves up an 18”x24” front-facing view of the homeward-bound ship, incorporating his ever-popular Modern Impressionist style. Titled “Aperture 823 - The Road Home,” this predominantly blue piece has golden yellow accents and its imagery was sparked by the series finale.
Also celebrating Voyager's 20th anniversary, Wood has also created a U.S.S. Voyager for the collectors. Her painting, entitled “Intrepid Class,” is an extra-wide 14”x36” that fits well with the other ships in her series. This piece portrays the long-traveled ship as it flies through unknown territory on its journey to reach home. Her signature use of paint splatters, bold color and inverse linework add to the energetic feel of this leg of the U.S.S. Voyager’s trip home.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, as well as real-life events, were the inspirations for Riley's piece. The viewer, within this scene, is essentially a part of the crew, peeking through the shadows to observe the engine room of the U.S.S. Enterprise during the film's emotional finale. Riley has stated that the grief she felt, upon learning of Leonard Nimoy’s passing, was the impetus for this piece. It was, in her words, “therapy” and a way that she, as a fan, could recover from the loss of the beloved actor. Entitled “LLAP,” this new piece measures 12”x24.”
And then there's the contribution by the newest artist working with Bye Bye, Robot, Paul Shipper, who brings with him three new designs as his introduction. First, sized at 18”x24” we find his “TOS Crew.” This design is a richly colored, vintage-inspired piece. Bye Bye, Robot’s co-founder, Chris Wood says, “Its stylized ruby overtones give it the feel of a treasured keepsake that you’ve found hidden away for years. Only to be discovered and cherished all the more, now that it’s again on display.” “TOS Crew” boldly showcases the U.S.S. Enterprise and the TOS bridge crew in poses that capture each character’s personality.
Shipper's second design gives fans something that they don’t often see, Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry, alongside the TOS bridge crew. Bye Bye, Robot worked in conjunction with Roddenberry Entertainment Inc. and CBS Studios Inc. Consumer Products to bring this unique print to the fans. Shipper uses a colorful star field as the backdrop to the new piece entitled “Gene’s Dream.” It measures 18”x24”. Filled with bright stars and the vastness of space, this image captures an almost ethereal quality. The placement of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the TOS crew hints at the grand ideas Gene Roddenberry had while building his dream of the future into a reality.
Lastly, Shipper’s third print is a black and white variant of “Gene’s Dream.” This stunning variant is 16”x24” and may be considered an initial stage of the full-color design. As almost an underpainting, this design shows off rougher linework with a visceral quality and a slightly different layout. This piece is intended for the fans that enjoy seeing the process that goes into a fully realized piece.
Each of the art prints is printed on acid-free heavyweight coverstock and is available for $25 each. “Intrepid Class” is a limited-time introductory price. They are available in the U.S.A. for purchase, beginning today, from byebyerobot.com at the price listed above, plus shipping.