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Pascal Lee Exploring Mars, 2021

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Pascal Lee, Exploring Mars
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  • Medium

    Painting : oil

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    12 x 24 x 0.1 inch

  • Support

    Painting on board

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • 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 we reached the edge of the plateau, I was struck by a sense of déjà vu. Chesley Bonestell had, in 1956, imagined and painted a similar scene already.

    "Exploring Mars" by Chesley Bonestell first appeared in the 1956 book "The Exploration of Mars" by Willy Ley and Wernher Von Braun with paintings by Chesley Bonestell. The caption read: "The ground station had been set up on Mars, and the explorers are beginning to investigate the vicinity of the landing site". The original painting, an oil on board (14 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches), is now in the permanent collection of the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

    In painting this new "Exploring Mars", I wanted to pay tribute to the grand master of space art and his creation of an iconic classic, but also update elements of the landscape and hardware in light of new knowledge gained about Mars in the intervening 65 years and evolutions in our thinking about future Mars exploration systems and human surface operations.

    New hardware designs and concepts of operations come in particular from field research at the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) on Devon Island, High Arctic, conducted in collaboration with Mars Institute, SETI Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Glenn Research Center, Collins Aerospace, Ntention, Canadian Space Agency, and Simon Fraser University. Lessons learned from NASA's Desert RATS field campaigns were also incorporated. My rocket-plane design is inspired from SpaceX's Starships.
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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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