Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 130cm (H) x 190cm (W) x 3.6cm (D) / 51.2" (H) x 74.8" (W) x 1.4" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
The works from the Star Cloud series focus on bright regions cropped from along the Milky Way arm, using the European Southern Observatory’s panorama as a focal map. The works are painted in a realistic style, producing a natural representation of the cosmos, however due to the nature of space, the result can often seem free of reference and subject matter, blurring the line between representation and abstraction.
This work was exhibited alongside other works in the series in Batty's solo show Celestial Light (London, 2021)
This piece focuses on a region in the constellation Cygnus, the swan. In Greek mythology, Zeus transformed himself into a swan to seduce Leda. The five brightest stars make up the recognisable Northern Cross asterism.
Based in: London
Mark Batty lives and works in London. After graduating in Illustration in 2013 he changed his focus to fine art, specifically painting. After studying astronomy at school and joining a local observers group, he made the cosmos his artistic focus by examining the ethereal yet overwhelming nature of space through oil paint.
Through practice-based research and collaboration with astronomers and geologists, Batty’s work explores the relationship between science and art. He represents stellar regions, which reconfigure the aesthetic of the landscape through astronomical mapping. He brings materiality to his astronomic subject matter by grinding his own pigments with geological substances such as dust from lunar meteorites.
Recent exhibitions include Celestial Light, London (2021), Possible Futures, London (2021), Inner Space alongside works by Oliver Beer, Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick and Katie Patterson, London (2020), From the Studio Floor, Cambridge (2020), Captive State, London (2019).
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