40 x 34 cm | 15 x 13 in
Original painting in acrylic on canvas.
Original painting in acrylic on the reverse of a triangular canvas, incorporating a small figurine on the bottom stretcher bar.
"On the night of new year's day, January 2018 a Supermoon occurred. The atmosphere of the dawning of a new year coinciding with the most largest supermoon of the year made for an extremely powerful experience. Essentially I am drawn to the power of vastness and the context of the wider picture; the compelling journey from that which is constricted within, to the cusp of the infinite. An existential dialectic may be detected from ruminations on the metaphysical aspects of time and space. I seek to instil a pure sense of wonder in my work intended to guide the viewer to tap into the sublime, celebrating the mental faculty that enables man to be transported by Art. I am particularly fond of a David Lynch quote postulating that the restrictions of the film making process do not apply to the field of painting and that indeed ‘painting is infinite’. The ultimately leveling template of the void is inherent at the core of everything i make."
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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.