Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 45cm (H) x 45cm (W) x 4cm (D) / 17.7" (H) x 17.7" (W) x 1.6" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Mars painted with incredibly rare Mars rock.
I have made oil paint from material that originated on the surface of Mars, from martian meteorites. These meteorites start as a part of the martian surface and are ejected into space when Mars 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.
These samples are even rarer than lunar meteorites as Mars is that much further away; the closest we are to Mars is about 35 million miles so the material needs to travel that distance, in the right direction to get close enough to Earth to be captured by its gravity.
I mix the fine martian meteorite powder in oil to make a paint which is a light red/grey that turns quite dark when the oil is added.
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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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