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Self Portrait in a Borrowed Spacesuit by David Om

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Self Portrait in a Borrowed Spacesuit (2016)

David Om

44 x 60 cm | 17 x 23 in

Subject: People
Tags: Portrait, Black , Costume, Astronaut

Original painting in oil on canvas.

Original painting in oil on canvas.

"David OM has twice been pre-selected for the BP Portrait Award. He recently featured on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 (Sky Arts TV), ‘Self Portrait In A Borrowed Spacesuit’ was one of the few portraits displayed on the banners outside the Wallace Collection, Mayfair, (London). His portrait ‘King of Infinite Space’ was selected for the John Moores Prize (which also received TV coverage (BBC)). David is a versatile artist and happy to create bespoke paintings in a style that the sitter prefers; from Photorealist to e.g. more painterly, Luc Tuymens-eque creations. The concept of adopting distinctive dress is often a feature of his portraiture and sitters are given the option to be depicted in costume related to their interests and/or history."

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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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