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Pascal Lee Mars Base Commander, 2020

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Pascal Lee, Mars Base Commander
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  • Medium

    Painting : oil

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    5 x 7 x 0.1 inch

  • Support

    Painting on cardboard + canvas

  • Framing

    Black wood frame

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    7 x 9 x 0.5 inch

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    As late afternoon fog rolls in, the commander of an early Mars base pauses to look at the Martian landscape and the base's installations on the vast canyon floor. Who will he or she be?...

    The nuclear powerplant in the foreground is located some distance away from the base, behind a large rocky outcrop, to shield the base from the reactor's radiation.

    In the distance, a SpaceX Starship stands at the newly established launch and landing pad. The pad is located a few kilometers away from the base and over a hill to protect the base from rocket exhaust sandblasting during Starship liftoffs and landings.

    Beyond the idea of a Mars astronaut gazing back at her or his base, I wanted to convey the loneliness of command. In fact, I had originally thought of titling this painting "The Lonely Commander". I have had the privilege of leading many scientific field expeditions to relatively extreme corners of our planet, in particular to the Arctic. While they can only succeed by a deep appreciation for, and commitment to, teamwork, leadership can sometimes be a very lonely thing. Our Mars base commander will no doubt feel at times all the more lonely on Mars.

    Signed by the artist at lower left and on the back.
    Artist’s label affixed to the back.
    Framed by the artist in a black wooden frame.
    Frame is easily removed.
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Pascal Lee

United States

I am a planetary scientist who loves to draw and paint. My artwork is about space and time, and our tiny yet hopeful place in their vastness. I draw and paint about our distant past, events we've survived, our profound cosmic loneliness, and where we might go from here. 

Mars is the challenge of our time. Humans going to Mars will be greatest adventure in space exploration this century. Beyond Mars, we will journey to Saturn's moon, Titan, and one day, to the stars and deep into spacetime.

I have in my garage a primitive spacetime machine in which I can, at considerable risk, visit distant worlds and other epochs. My artwork is the travel log.

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