Bean’s art is a moving celebration of one of man’s greatest achievements. We are very happy to feature this unique piece at our art gallery.
San Francisco Bay Area, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2011
The painting depicts astronaut John Young of the Apollo 16 mission, hard at work collecting samples. He carries with him all of the tools needed to execute his mission.
“Every young person dreams of exploring the final frontier,” said David Wilfong, spokesperson for World-Wide-Art.com. “Bean’s art is a moving celebration of one of man’s greatest achievements. We are very happy to feature this unique piece at our art gallery.”
Although it may seem simple enough, selecting the tools used by astronauts was no small feat. Engineers agonized over which devices to send with space explorers, seeking to make them as effective as possible while preserving samples, protecting the astronaut and minimizing bulk.
Unlike other artists who have drawn their inspiration from the great beyond, Alan Bean has an intimate firsthand knowledge of his subject. Before becoming a painter, he actually served as a NASA astronaut, even piloting the Apollo 12 lunar module. He was the fourth man in history to walk on moon’s surface, and has set eyes on sights no other artist has been privileged to see.
"Some Tools of our Trade" has a rough surface and appears pockmarked, a trait characteristic of Bean’s work. The artist actually creates each original work with the lunar tools he used on his mission, including his real lunar boots, a core tube bit that was used to collect soil samples of his mission and a hammer that pounded the American flag into the lunar terrain. A bit of moon dust makes its way into each of his works, as well.
Bean’s art is as much a historical record as it is artistic expression. Upon returning from the moon, he quickly realized that he needed a way to capture the magical moments he witnessed to bring them to life for future generations. He attends to each piece with a historian’s accuracy and seeks out astronauts and moonwalkers to sign their names alongside his, affirming his paintings’ contents.
"Alan Bean's paintings are highly collected, as they give viewers an in-depth look into what it was like to actually be on the moon," said Wilfong. "It gets no better than to experience art created by an actual Apollo astronaut."
In addition to Bean’s "Some Tools of our Trade," World Wide Art offers countless other new releases, limited editions and honored collections by today's top artists. For more information or to browse the company's selection, please visit http://www.world-wide-art.com.
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