Lunar meteorite & oil on canvas
Dimensions: 60cm (H) x 60cm (W) x 1.9cm (D) / 23.6" (H) x 23.6" (W) x 0.7" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Painted with lunar surface material
The optical phenomenon of a lunar halo. Also known as a lunar corona (crown) or glory, this occurs when moonlight is diffracted through tiny water droplets or ice crystals, usually in thin clouds high in the atmosphere.
For the depiction of the central moon, I have made oil paint from material that originated on the surface of the moon, from lunar meteorites. These meteorites start as a part of the lunar surface and are ejected into space when the moon is impacted by other space rocks like asteroids. The ejected surface material is captured by the earth's gravity until it eventually crashes into the earth's surface.
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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