Everything has a beginning, and the interviews at Airship Ambassador started with James Ng. Jaymee Goh‘s interview with James on Tor.com in 2009 caught my attention and I was pretty captivated by his artwork, especially the Imperial Airship.
James and I had a chance to do a live interview at the Nova Albion convention in San Jose , California in 2011. Already an award winning artist, it has been great to see his portfolio and opportunities continue to grow.
His Imperial Steam and Light series of Chinese steampunk work includes more than a dozen images. He describes the story and motivation behind the series as:
Imperial Steam and Light is a project inspired by Chinese history and the English Industrial Revolution. The standard of modernization is basically westernization, as the world becomes more modern, it also becomes more like the West. But what if China was the first to industrialize during the turn of the last century, creating an alternate standard of modernization? Maybe skyscrapers would look like Chinese temples? Cars would look like carriages? Perhaps China will still be in Imperial rule? And maybe we would have fantastical machines that look both futuristic and historical. Each image in the series is my attempt to visualize this alternative world.
James’ art has been in exhibitions in New York, California, Philadelphia, London, Italy, Beijing and Seoul. featured on the covers of the Steampunk World and Shanghai Steam anthologies, and inside the cover of The Steampunk Bible. Night Patrol was featured in the lounge on the set of GSN’s reality show Steampunk’d in 2015.
James has been going strong for nearly a decade and shows no signs of slowing down. If you like any of his artwork, he’s definitely someone to follow in the future.