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500 Seconds by David Om

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500 Seconds (2016)

David Om

100 x 100 cm | 39 x 39 in

Subject: Abstract
Tags: Clouds, Yellow, White, Uplifting, Soft, Horizon, Sunlight

Original painting in acrylic on canvas.

Original painting in oil on canvas.

"8' 20" is the time it takes light to reach the earth from the sun. I see this work an energising, life-affirming piece about the nature of time and space and the life-giving power of the Sun. Even the maths are sublime; 150,000,000km (distance to sun), 300,000KM p/s (speed of light) = 500s or 8' 20”. I believe that being in flight and looking out over the clouds to be one of the most profound and awe-inspiring experiences available to man. To create this painting I analysed footage taken from a powerful, quad-copter drone which had ascended above the clouds. The piece is also inspired by a painting I analysed in the final room of the Georgia O’Keefe show at Tate Modern, London 2016 which was in turn influenced by Rothko who is one the prime influences on my Painting Is Infinite series."

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Selected for for Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017,
 John Moores Painting Prize 14, Lynn Painter-Stainers 15. Pre-selected for; Royal Society of British Artists 15, BP Portrait Award 15.

David OMs skyscapes and telescopes communicate a huge sense of scale. Observatories ogle upwards like giant eyeballs, and miniature figurines gaze outwards through trompe d'oiel windows - created by the frame that stretches the canvas. Showing us the back of the canvas in this way suggests that the image lies somewhere in the infinite yonder.

There is a sense of dignified Zen-like detachment to much of David OM's work, many of his compositions function through minimalism and juxtaposition clarified through studious and critical practice. At the core of his work oscillates a pure sense of wonder alternating with a cold nihilism. His art often interacts with space science and astronomy whilst incorporating a metaphysical subtext that enables subject matter to assume new (often existential) symbolic meanings.

Astrophysics and figurine art are both subjects that capture the public imagination at present. Brian Cox meets London street artist Slinkachu with these playful reflections on the universe.

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