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Painting Is Infinite 63 (Furthest Field) by David Om

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Painting Is Infinite 63 (Furthest Field) (2017)

David Om

26 x 20 cm | 10 x 7 in

Subject: Abstract
Tags: Stars, Night, Existential

Original collage in mixed media on canvas.

Original painting in acrylic, incorporating fine glitter on the reverse of a canvas, incorporating a small figurine on the bottom stretcher bar.

"This piece was initially inspired by a visit to the Science Museum where I took in the 40min, 3D IMAX film Hidden Universe... a mesmerising experience. The red field of galaxies is based on an image of the furthermost view of the universe known to man, these galaxies are billions of years old. I emerged from the theatre into the daylight completely disoriented, it was 6pm but it felt like it was possibly 6am to me. Mind blown. The title of the 'Painting is infinite' series title is based on a quote by David Lynch. Currently new series of Twin Peaks is being broadcast weekly an as a result, the piece has absorbed more Lynchian influences."

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David Om

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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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