Does anybody still needs to be introduced to the eighties? I mean, who here doesn't know about that glorious era that stood out in terms of new technology, colourful fashion and a playful attitude. As the sky might have been the limit, this revolutionary decade has left a deep impression on what later became pure nostalgia. But what most of you might not have noticed is that the eighties never really died. The eighties are still alive, that's right, they continue to exist on in another time warp, another dimension, as if it's being kept alive like a Frankenstein experiment. The eighties basically became a state of mind.

Contemporary artists in this reviving musical genre simply known as eighties, synthwave, dreamwave or outrun electro, flood the seas a-plenty. Sure, it's all about the music but their graphics get them a long way too. So in this first edition about this retro-juvinating genre we'd like to highlight some of the visual artists that work on the visual field of things. These graphics and animations are made specifically to breath the feel of a soundtrack, capture a powerful authentic spirit to help you visualise the aesthetic of this never-ever dying decade of decadence.

Enter the Church of Lux. A recently formed international collective of eighties inspired graphic artists that work on commission and have accompanied many already classic works of the retro-futurist music scene. Describing themselves as 'the divine cult of enlightened templars', these six artists have combined forces and made a wonderful overview website that displays their work beautifully.

Note how the use of modern techniques blends in wonderfully with some original eighties effects like recreating VHS distortion or rimpled paper folds. Neon shines in all its glory, while kitsch balances on the edge of disaster, but gets rebuilt like a church after war times. Sworn to their own occult brotherhood secrecy, this fellowship of eighties masters are translating perfectly what made the visual - some say, overblown - aesthetics of the eighties so great. A concept and idea is taken to the next level and blended with more modern techniques. So go ahead, take off your bathrobe and bathe yourselves in some of the most imaginary work by the templars of the Church of Lux.

You can find Jurgen Desmet over on twitter: @PL4M4KER


Arkuma Hiyamoto, London, United Kingdom

Josep Prat Sorolla, Barcelona, Spain


Charlie Vecetto, Berlin, Germany


Cristian Ruiz Parra, Bogota, Colombia



Jarred Hageman, Buffalo, New York



George Gold, Lleida, Spain