Updated: December 27, 2004|
This beatiful litho was released by "Light Speed Fine Arts". This was a very limited edition in 1998 and is signed by the artist, Michael David Ward. "Also, Mark Goddard (Major. Don West) did a very limited signing on this litho!"
About the Artist: Michael David Ward:
Internationally renowned for his paintings of the cosmos, Michael David Ward
doesn't view space as a dark and lonely place, but to the contrary, he sees
it full of life and color. He pictures this seemingly foreboding environment
as the inevitable destiny of mankind and his visions are reflected throughout
his many works. He has also created many other images that include wildlife
images and officially licensed commemorative works for Star Wars® and Star Trek®.
Michael has been a sci-fi and astronomy enthusiast all of his life and was inspired
by the art of many renowned classic space visionaries. After studying their work he
felt that much of the imagination represented by the interpretation of the heavens
was missing, there was a dry and academic feel to the many images he observed. He
found that "Space Art" wasn't taken seriously, instead, it was utilized mostly in an
illustrative manner, i.e.; text books, astronomy articles, etc. In seeing this
Michael became determined to bring space art to its rightful place in the fine art world.
Many of Michael's space paintings or 'Spacescapes' are unique and unorthodox from the
start because of the medium he chooses to paint on. A technique he calls reverse-glass.
Michael utilizes plate glass as the canvas where he then applies many layers of paint on
the reverse-side. This technique is extremely difficult to perfect because everything
must be painted in reverse in order for it to appear correctly from the front side of
the glass. Layer by layer the painting is created; first by adding the details and the
foreground, then the background.
Michael, who is a self taught artist, has many reasons for painting on glass. To achieve
the feeling of movement within his work, he sometimes adds solvents with paint and sets
them afire. The flames explode into a swirling pattern of color and texture. Michael
David Ward explains how difficult this technique is to accomplish jokingly he states
"that's a little hard to do on canvas," this style he likes to refer to as "art flambe."
To create further intrigue to his work, Michael often incorporates meteorite dust and other
exotic materials in his paintings that enhance the textural qualities of the nebulas or
planets. By adding materials such as these the viewer of the work is actually looking at
a truly extraterrestrial work of art made partly from the materials that come directly
from outer-space. "I often feel as though I am an alchemist when I am creating my work.
By mixing the basic elements of the earth; air, water, and fire, together, I can create
a work of beauty and power that can be appreciated by everyone."
To breathe life into the black of space Michael uses intense, vibrant colors to depict the
nebulas and planets throughout his paintings. These colors are so vibrant that people often
gaze in amazement at the wonder that he creates. "I honestly feel that people are truly
captivated by my work because of the connection that all of us have to space and the
universe. The gaseous clouds depicted throughout my work entitled "nebulas or star clouds"
are formed from materials ejected from the explosions of super novas, the material that
many believe to be the primordial material of life itself. These substances ultimately
coalesces into solids forming other stars, planets and eventually sentient beings like
ourselves. Thus we are actually made of the materials that come from outer-space and
exploding stars, hence we are the children of the stars".
Space art seems to have come into its own in recent years and Michael feels honored that
he has been able to contribute to it's popularity. " 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
Michael David Ward's works and prints are collected across the United States and
Internationally. He has created commemorative works for Lucas Arts and Paramount Studios
for both Star Wars® and Star Trek®, all of which have appeared in limited edition prints
and licensed products. His work has also been featured in prominent Marine and Wildlife
exhibitions and one-man shows in Japan and throughout many galleries.
Michael David Ward's work is displayed throughout numerous private collections, many of
which are the well known celebrities of Star Trek® and Star Wars® such as Leonard Nimoy,
Majel Roddenberry, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, James Doohan and George Takei.
This biography comes from Michael David Ward's website -