30 x 40 cm | 11 x 15 in
Original mixed media painting and sculpture in acrylic on the reverse of a canvas, incorporating a small figurine on the bottom stretcher bar.
"Soon after his passing in January 2016, David Bowie was given an asterism (pattern of stars), consisting of seven stars that shine in the shape of the lightning bolt, in reference to his iconic Aladdin Sane album cover. A Belgian radio station took steps to register a constellation in tribute to the musician. It is a fitting homage to Bowie, who used the universe as a key inspiration throughout his career. During the week following Bowie's death I went to Berlin and visited the floral shrine outside his house where he lived during his stay in the city where he recorded ‘Heroes’ & ‘Low’. I also was lucky enough to attend a memorial event at Hansa Studios where his critically acclaimed Berlin Trilogy was mainly recorded. Bowie has remained a true creative hero of mine since my early art school days. The Painting Is Infinite (PII) series takes its title from a David Lynch quote, when he stated that the restrictions of the film-making process do not apply to the field of painting and that indeed 'painting is infinite'. This series plays with the quote on a literal level; celebrating the mental faculty that enables man to be transported by Art, and how we choose to perceive ourselves within the universe as equal if not quite a part of it. Each work presents a platform 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. These works are 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.