8 x 13 cm | 3 x 5 in
Original painting acrylic on canvas.
"After seeing Earth from space astronauts often talk of a perspective-altering experience described as the 'Overview Effect'. This phenomenon produces a cognitive shift of awareness derived from a profound feeling of awe producing a unifying sense of inter-connectivity with the planet and all life upon it. In ancient times Socrates wrote that "Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives”. My Spacewalk paintings promote a peaceful sense of zen, in an acceptance of the human condition, recognising ourselves as part of the fabric of the universe - humans exist as a point in the universe where it becomes conscious of itself. This is the most miniaturised piece in my Spacewalk series so far. I revised and reduced the size of the astronaut several times until I was satisfied with the balance of the figure in relation to the pleasing Rothko-esque composition it is situating within. Despite operating at a small scale, the piece still communicates that vast sense of scale that I so often seek. The micro and the macro."
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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.
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