We are the world's largest source for art by Artist/Astronaut Alan Bean
We are the world's largest source for art by Artist/Astronaut Alan Bean

frequently asked questions

About Space Art

  1. What is Space Art?
  2. Who are these artists?
  3. What techniques and media do they use?
  4. What about computer graphics?
  5. Quotable Quotes

What is Space Art?

Art and science: Complete opposites? Not here! Space art has reunited these two disciplines as they once were during the Renaissance. Space art is an exciting hybrid whose artisans produce skilled and precise work that still evokes the emotional and visual impact of traditional fine art.

Space artists portray believable scenes of places they have never been and will never see. Calculators, planetary maps, and a working knowlege of many branches of science are as necessary as a pallette and brush to these artists. Good space art makes the viewer want to "go there".

These scenes recall the majestic landscapes popularized a century ago by artists of the Hudson River school of art. Frederick Church, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran and others combed Earth's last frontiers in search of exotic landscapes to paint. These artists were largely responsible for the creation of our National Park System. As we near the 21st Century, our frontiers are the planets, stars, and the endless wonders of Nature's Universe.

Art throughout history has reflected our hunger for the untamed frontier. Movies, TV shows, books, magazines and games devoted to space themes show our obsession with the Universe. It is not boredom of Earth; rather it is the recognition of our place in the Universe, and the significance of our rare and fragile planet.

Colorful and thought-provoking, space art will rivet the attention of your guests, provide interesting conversation, and flatter the colors in your decor.

Novaspace Galleries is the first and most complete source for this exciting new work. Our works are by the finest artists in the field. Your order is taken, filled, framed, packed and shipped from our Tucson gallery. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

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Who are these artists?

Space artists are a modern Hudson River school. Most of them know each other, and have participated in several workshops in exotic locales which are planetary analogues to the subjects they paint. Many are sons or daughters of scientists, engineers, or are scientists or engineers themselves. They have a professional guild to which most of them belong, the IAAA (International Association for Astronomical Arts)

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What techniques and media do they use?

The artists use a variety of techniques, but most of them use acrylic paints. A few use oils exclusively, and some use one or the other or both. Most of the artists use an airbrush, at least for a portion of the work. Some use it liberally, some sparingly. It depends on the piece. All the art uses traditional brushes to some extent, usually for detail.

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What about computer graphics?

Although many of the artists are becoming adept at using the computer, NONE of our limited editions or budget prints at Novaspace are computer graphics. A few artists use the computer for compositional sketching, or color studies, and even some 3D work, but all our works (currently) are old-fashioned hand-painted compositions.

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Quotable quotes

"Art must expand to meet the new worlds and realities which are encountered. Space art is..bringing science and technology into a context of everyday life for the common man"

--European art journal LEONARDO

"...a bunch of marvelously talented young artists... exquisite stuff"

--Dr. Carl Sagan

"...the art transported us, made us gasp at the pristine beauty of the Universe, and perhaps compelled us to find a way to get there"

--US ART

"Artists have played a role in the exploration of space.. their task has been a difficult one; to illustrate the unseeable... stunning yet accurate visions the public can understand."

--OMNI

"Perched on the dividing line between art and science, they create visions of dramatic beauty with painstaking accuracy"

--SKY & TELESCOPE

"The astronomical artist will always be far ahead of the explorer. They can depict scenes that no human eye will ever see, because of their danger, or their remoteness in time and space."

--Arthur C. Clarke, author "2001: A Space Odyssey"

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