20 x 20 cm | 7 x 7 in
Original painting in acrylic and oil on the reverse of a circular canvas, incorporating a small figurine on the bottom of the frame.
"The remote galaxy GN-z11 is the furthest galaxy known to man. We are looking back into unimaginable depths of time because the light from such a distant galaxy travels immense distances to reach Earth, we are actually seeing the galaxy as it looked over 13 billion years ago. It formed 400 million years after the Big Bang when the universe was just 3 percent of its current age. It belongs to the first generation of galaxies in the universe."
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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.