Over the course of my career, I have had the pleasure of creating a few paintings centered around contemporary space exploration. These steps into real science has helped open the door to further depictions of astronauts seated more firmly, but not too deeply, within science fiction.
Recent directions in painting have me exploring visuals heavily grounded with contemporary elements which a viewer may quickly recognize and have a strong understanding of and possible affinity for. These strengths of familiarity conjoined with slight distortions of events or situations create works of art which invite the viewer to prolong their engagement and hopefully experience a deeper connection with the image.
Included throughout this post are a range of paintings reflecting these thoughts. Outside of four commercial and one private commission, all of the works were generated purely for the love and celebration of our space programs and the search of the unknown. I have a few such series in development, running along side the consistent commercial work i create, and sometimes finding their way into the commercial work as well.
There is nothing much more satisfying than having an art director contact you to commission a project based upon one of your favorite personal themes! It is for this reason I have continued to let these specific themes evolve and their numbers grow for who knows where the next commissions will come from? Might as well be from something I am fascinated by and am passionate about!
It is interesting to look back at this series, reflect upon its organic development, and ponder what is yet to come…every voyage begins with a single step.
That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.’ – Neil Armstrong
These are great Donato. Thanks for the inspiration.
Nice to see you at IlluxCon Arthur! Keep on painting…
Whomever winds up with “Prometheus” in their collection will most definitely by someone of sophistication and taste. Oh, wait… 🙂
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Is the tiny red and white checkered rocket in the last painting a reference to Herge’s Tintin novel explorers on the moon?