The Art of James Ng

James Ng imagines a world in which China, rather than Britain, industrialized first.

If you’ve ever searched for steampunk art, there’s a good chance you’ll have found James Ng’s “Imperial Airship”. But did you know this is only one in a series of artworks? Called Imperial Steam & Light, they depict a world in which China, not the United Kingdom, industrialized first.

The Hong Kong-born Ng imagines the possibilities:

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.

Here is a selection from the series:

And one painting that’s not from the series, a steampunk samurai:

James Ng artwork

Visit Ng’s website for more.

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