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David’s art represents a rare combination of fine art, modeling, digital art expertise and his own wonderment of science. His work has been commissioned and featured in National Geographic, NASA and nasa.gov’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, Smithsonian Magazine and the Smithsonian Channel, Harvard Magazine, Harvard CfA, the History Channel, PBS programming, Astronomy magazine and regularly at space.com. He has illustrated all 7 of his books for National Geographic, and 3 books for Penguin Random House/Smithsonian Books.
He has been featured alongside his “Alien Worlds” space art on the History Channel series “The Universe”; the BBC World Service; Weather Channel’s Space features, and PBS.
Says the artist:
“I build 3-D models, digitize them, and drop the images into the computer art. I found an old rusted oil tank at an observatory in Hawaii – months later it appeared in my artwork as the hull of a space ship. The computer allows infinite layering to enhance and create fine details. It’s a vehicle for integrating digital images, which is why Hollywood’s special effects are becoming so realistic. There’s so much more latitude to explore as you create, and this is accomplished using paint pixels and paint molecules.”
Solo exhibitions include:
Gurari Collections, Boston
Macalester College, St. Paul
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge
Sudekum Planetarium, Nashville
LIVASPENART Gallery, Aspen
The Aspen Institute, Aspen
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