Artist Michael David Ward uses a technique reverse-glass, first painting details and foreground in reverse on plate glass, then applying background in several layers to achieve added depth. Viewing the finished painting from the front, he says, is "like looking through a window into space." He sometimes adds solvents to an area of paint and sets the mixture on fire, creating a swirling pattern of color and texture, and even incorporates meteorite dust into his nebulas and planets. The result, he believes, strikes a familiar chord in the viewer on an unconscious level. "We are actually made of the very material of exploded stars," he says, "hence, we are the children of the stars." Ward's paintings have been reproduced as commemorative Star Wars and Star Trek prints. His paintings and prints have appeared in numerous galleries and marine and wildlife exhibitions, and are found in private collections worldwide. Here is a selection of some of his work. More artworks can be found on the Michael David Ward Space Art Gallery.
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Art of Wonder: Michael David Ward Space Art Gallery