Alistair Gentry

Alistair Gentry is a writer and artist or an artist and writer… sometimes other things, too. His work for publication, performance, broadcast and installation is often “subversive” (SFX), at times “startling” (The Independent) and occasionally even “fascinating” (The Times). Wikipedia classifies him as a “Science Fiction Artist”. His inspiration comes from historical and contemporary folklore, esoterica and Forteana of Britain, Europe and Asia, traditional oratory and storytelling, legitimate mainstream sciences and the fringe or pseudo-sciences that go along with them. He sometimes uses scientific or academic research methods earnestly, sometimes satirically. He likes creepy old mannequins, broken toys, silly costumes, museums, absurdity and making technology do things its manufacturers wouldn’t approve of. He is the author of short stories, reviews, critical texts, two novels, and ‘Career Suicide’, a successful self-published memoir about the unglamorous business of being an artist. He has also been artist in residence at– among others– the University of Edinburgh’s Genomics Policy & Research Forum, New Media Scotland and ArtSway, and he is a former Berwick Gymnasium Artist Fellow, supported by English Heritage and Arts Council England.