Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 75cm (H) x 250cm (W) x 3.6cm (D) / 29.5" (H) x 98.4" (W) x 1.4" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Oil painting of the view of our galaxy, the Milky Way, seen from Earth. Scientifically accurate representation rendered in a traditional painterly style. This work was the focal point for my recent series, Star Clouds, in which I zoomed in on various areas along the Milky Way arm and created a series of star scape paintings. It was exhibited alongside some of the other works in my solo show, Celestial Light (2021).
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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