Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 120cm (H) x 120cm (W) x 3cm (D) / 47.2" (H) x 47.2" (W) x 1.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Blue marble Earth nestled in the inky blackness of space.
I have used the precious lapis lazuli paint in this depiction of the earth.
Original photo was taken by the Apollo 15 crew during their mission to the moon.
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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