51 x 20 cm | 18 x 7 in
Original painting in acrylic on canvas.
Original painting in acrylic on the reverse of a canvas, incorporating a small figurine on the bottom stretcher bar.
"The narrow reversed canvas serves as a wide-angle platform to view the vast, broad expanse of galaxy PII65. NGC 4565 (also known as the Needle Galaxy or Caldwell 38) is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 30 to 50 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. It lies close to the North Galactic Pole. The reverse canvas serves as a device for the contemplation of the universe by using a standard box canvas that has been subverted and redefined in order to function as a device through which to wonder at the mysteries and scale of the universe. This series is essentially an ode to the infinite faculties of human imagination and creativity."
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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.