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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Michael David Ward Space Art

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."

Artist says: "I have always looked up at the stars with a sense of wonder and curiosity. It is interesting to me how in today's growing technological society, with the popularity of sci-fi entertainment and the space shuttle program, people are taking the time to learn and grow from the universe, and that the interest is real and genuine . Never before have we as a humanity witnessed the level of space travel, probes and information. Each year we learn more about the universe. It is truly fascinating."

Ward's paintings have been reproduced as commemorative Star Wars and Star Trek prints. His paintings and prints have appeared in numerous galleries and exhibitions, and are found in private collections worldwide. Michael has also created many commemorative images for Paramount Studios, Lucas Arts, and New Line Cinemas. His works of art have also been licensed by companies such as The Franklin Mint, Hamilton Collections, Pomegranate Books, etc for a variety of products. Here is a selection of some of his work. More artworks can be found on his website.

Note: All artwork and images copyright © Michael David Ward. Please do not use images without the permission of the artist.

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