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Name: Matthew Langford
School: Sutton Grammar School for Boys
Year: Year 12
Inspiration: I tend to find a lot of my inspiration from science and the natural world (i.e. not associated with humans), because I am enthusiastic about learning how the world works through Physics and Chemistry (to a less academic extent, Biology). This is appropriate for my preferred style of art, as careful attention to detail lends well to scientific subjects. I therefore relate my work to such art as Leonardo Da Vinci’s scientific journals, and a variety of Albrecht Dürer’s pieces – however, I am less interested in the religious subjects depicted by these renaissance artists. Though my submitted works are paintings, perhaps my favourite draughtsman (and printmaker) is Escher; while a lot of his later works are not particularly realistic, they show some truly amazing conceptual structures, and his confidence with shape and space is obvious in the precision of the pieces.
Title: Expanding horizons
Description: For me, Space represents the last great hurdle for human exploration; we have only visited our nearest neighbour, the moon, while the universe is practically infinite. A lot of the celestial objects which have been discovered are stunningly beautiful, even though most of our images of them are false colour composites, with visible light representing infra-red or ultraviolet radiation. These bodies also exist on an awe-inspiring scale; the Crab Nebula is a fractal network of gas filaments that measures eleven light years in diameter, or about 100000000000000000 (1x10^17) metres. My piece aims to capture this spirit of discovery, as a lone spaceship sweeps past our moon to destinations unknown. This enthusiasm, which is less prevalent now that countries have less money to invest in space programs, was in full swing during the mid-fifties, and perhaps no one was as influential on the public consciousness as Chesley Bonestell. However, my greatest inspirations for this piece were the works by Alan Bean - who actually served on the Apollo 12 mission and walked on the moon - particularly ‘Homeward Bound’, upon which my composition is based.
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