Examples of my work

All these examples of 'space art' have astronomical themes, some more speculative than others. Some relate more to science fiction than mainstream astronomy. Most are painted in oils with some acrylics. Some are for sale. Prices are unframed but I can quote for frames and carriage. 

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These works are based on the writing of Arthur C Clarke I read enthusiastically as a teenager. It shows the ancient lunar surface with the earth looming in the sky; when it was much closer. A giant monolith hovers over the surface depositing the 'sentinel' thereby combining the short story and the film, '2001, a Space Odyssey' that it inspired. The gateway through the monolith shows an artificial ring of stars, a remnant of an extinct super-civilization taken from his novel 'Against the fall of night'.

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Alien Intelligence

Squid and octopuses (cephalopods) are mysterious to me. Not only are they intelligent but their intelligence evolved completely independently of ours. That is there is no common ancestor with any kind of complex brain. Human, dolphin, dog and parrot brains for example are essentially 'variations on a theme'. The octopus brain might as well be alien and we might therefore learn a lot from it.

(Oils, 508 x 406mm unframed, £300)

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Europa Thaws

Two takes on Europa, a moon of Jupiter, several billion years hence. Now it is a frozen world believed to be covered with an icy crust about 15 miles thick above a liquid water ocean about 60 miles deep. However, in a few billion years the sun will expand into a red giant. Earth will be destroyed but for Europa it will be a kind of spring. The ice will melt, an atmosphere will form and life (which may well already exist in some form) may flourish. The moon Io is visible at its closest approach to Europa. Both pictures are set on the equator of Europa hence Jupiter's ring is perpendicular. There is some artistic speculation as who can be sure of the actual orbits of Jupiter's moons, or even what moons there will be, in such a distant future?

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(Oils, 457 x 356mm unframed £200)

Bottle with a message

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Pioneer 10 was launched in 1972 on a mission to fly by Jupiter. It is now on a course out of the solar system in the direction of the star Aldebaran, 68 light years away. Aldebaran is a red giant star and has at least one planet. Pioneer 10 will pass close in about 2 million years. The picture shows Pioneer 10 passing Aldebaran eclipsed by a planet. Pioneer 10 carries a gold plaque showing images of humans and information on earth hopefully understandable by any intelligent life that may find it.

Pioneer 10 passing Jupiter, December 4th, 1973

(Oils, 408 x 284mm unframed, £200)

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Nemesis

In the 1980s scientists noticed an apparent regular cycle in mass extinctions on earth and speculated that there is distant companion star to the sun, a small 'brown dwarf'. This would disturb the distant Oort cloud of comets at regular intervals. Some would be disturbed from their billion-year orbits and fall into the inner solar system towards, earth, possibly impacting with catastrophic results for life.

 

The object was named 'Nemesis' but despite searches by astronomers it has never been detected. Nevertheless, the picture depicts an encounter between Nemesis and a comet about 65 million years ago. The comet is broken up and deflected into a course towards the distant inner solar system. In about 100,000 years it will impact the earth and bring the reign of the dinosaurs to an abrupt end. 

(Oil, 610 x 508mm unframed, £300)

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End

In a few billion years the sun will dim to red and grow out to the earth's orbit. At the end the earth will streak through the sun's atmosphere like a meteor. 
I find that a rather beautiful end of the world scenario but some people have found this picture disturbing.

(Acrylics, 406 x 294mm unframed, £50)

For Carl

(Acrylics, 508 x 405mm unframed, £300)

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"There is a place with four suns in the sky — red, white, blue, and yellow; two of them are so close together that they touch, and star-stuff flows between them" - Carl Sagan

Gravity mine

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(Acrylics, 508 x 405mm, unframed, £150)

Saturn and Titan

(Acrylics, 508 x 405mm unframed, £100)

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Inspired by a short story by Stephen Baxter called 'The Gravity Mine'.

An exercise in geometry - the Sun, Titan and Saturn