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"Cosmic Conception ~ Immaculate Star ~ Lord Of Light"©2011
Michael C. Turner
( From 'Christmas In The Stars Christmas' Card Series 2011 )
The Galactic Visions of Michael C.
Michael C. Turner's "Galactic Visions"
space art transports viewers into a fabulously mysterious
universe filled with light and color. His canvases are filled
with galaxies of stars, extra-solar worlds, brilliantly glowing
nebulae, pulsars, quasars, black holes, and other bizarre cosmic
phenomena. At first, one might consider these images as fantasy.
Turner contends that his creations are based upon scientific
data and plausibility. He says he paints from his soul with the
intent of inspiring the viewer to feel "the spirit of space." He
considers his space art equally inspirational or sacred art.
"The Cosmos reveals the mind and spirit of The Creator, "
explains Turner. Ever careful to maintain the balance of
inspiring and informing the viewer, he composes detailed
descriptors for each of his unique works of art.
Turner primarily uses acrylic with
traditional paint and brush techniques on cloth canvas to
express his artistic vision of a living universe unfolding
within its cosmic womb. Although, he does some digital art, his
artistic passion remains faithful in creating traditional canvas
paintings. He created many space paintings long before the
Hubble Space Telescope commenced imaging areas of space where
Earth-based intellects have yet to travel. Prior to the most
recent discoveries, Turnerís paintings would have been
considered science fiction or fantasy, as there was no physical
proof for his insightful images. With each new astronomical
discovery Turnerís space art is validated by the scientific
world. Nevertheless, he contends, his primary purpose is to
inspire. He relates that "All true science is the result of
inspired minds." "Consider modern technology," says Turner. "
Mere decades ago, the wonders of audiovisual communication and
the universe it has revealed, was an inspired vision. Most
people considered it science fiction or fantasy."
Turner calls his paintings
"Space-Scapes." He says they are vignettes of the Universe,
waiting to be discovered. He is among a relatively small group
of artists calling themselves space artists." He is a long-time
member of the only astronomical space artists organization on
the planet, the prestigious IAAA (International Association of
Astronomical Artists). This international group of space artists
produces the majority of all the space art on the planet. http://www.iaaa.org
"Eternal Star" © 2010 Michael C.
( From 'Christmas In The Stars
Christmas' Card Series 2010 )
"Stellar Annunciation" ©2009 Michael
( From 'Christmas In The Stars
Christmas' Card Series 2009 )
Michael C. Turnerís space art spans
more than three decades. His life-long love of space, science,
and art are supremely evident in his paintings which have won
him honors and awards ever since he received the senior art
award in high school. In college Turner majored in the sciences,
ancient history, visual art, and theatrical arts. He has a rich
background in archaeology and ancient art history, which he
frequently incorporates, in his paintings. Turner feels that
archaeology and space science are natural companions for
space-faring civilizations. When viewing the rich, visual detail
of Turnerís paintings, one canít help but ponder whether these
are his "visions of space" or "visions he has seen in space."
His paintings invite viewers to take a solitary journey into the
depths of a universe that exists equally in their inner-space
and outer-space. Turnerís paintings have been exhibited
locally, nationally, and internationally. Many of his paintings
are in private collections. He has exhibited in galleries
throughout his career although, he has exhibited more frequently
in solitary shows, especially in science facilities and space
related art exhibitions He has had resident exhibits at various
planetariums and science facilities. His work was chosen by the
Planetary Society as part of a featured space art exhibit in
Pasadena, California in conjunction with NASAís July 4, 1997
landing of the Mars Pathfinder expedition. His "Galactic
Visions" were exhibited in projected digital imagery at the
Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia during the 2000 Olympics
celebrations. His art has been published in space art books.
Most recently, Turner's space art was published (along with a
host of other international space artists) in the 2011
International Association Of Astronomical Artists' space art
book entitled "The Beauty Of Space." Turner's paintings are
based upon scientific data, however, his works have also been
published in science fiction related books, appearing most
recently in Craig Musselman's 2011 "Machines And Magic."
"SpaceHenge" ©2011 Michael C.
( Featured in the IAAA's space
art book - 'The Beauty Of Space'
( Featured in Craig Musselman's
fantasy and science fiction art
book - 'Machines And Magic' )
Cosmic Lighthouses ©2010 Michael C.
( Featured in the IAAA's space art book - 'The Beauty Of Space'
( Featured in Craig Musselman's
fantasy and science fiction art book - 'Machines And Magic' )
Although space art is a vital part of
his life, Turner has other talents. He is an accomplished
published writer. One of his meditative poems entitled "Star
Hymns" was published in "Silence of Yesterday," an anthology of
poetry from the twentieth centuryís best poets. "Star Hymns" and
the painting by the same title were dedicated in memory to the
late Carl Sagan, the acclaimed astronomer of the PBS Cosmos
series. Turnerís painting, "Star Hymns" and his poem of the same
title are excellent examples of how he masterfully combines the
two art forms. Turner began an annual limited edition space art
Christmas card series in 1991, entitled "Christmas In The
Stars." He integrates his space art, detailed descriptors, and
meditative sacred verses to create unique space-themed Christmas
cards. Turner shares the physical cards with his closest
relatives and friends and posts them on various internet sites
for everyone to freely enjoy.
Michael C. Turner's Galactic Visions'
space art can be viewed at The International Space Art Network
and at DeviantArt.com.
Michael C. Turner's facebook page
In recent years, Turner has focused on
creating his "Galactic Visions" rather than expending excessive
time with exhibitions. He most frequently creates private
commissions which he says are far more enjoyable than seeking
public venues. Although there are other talented space artists,
the Galactic Visions of Michael C. Turner are truly unique in
any world. If viewing art is the first level of art appreciation
and if feeling the spirit of the art and the artist is the
ultimate level, then Michael C. Turnerís space art is the portal
for that continuum. Turner says, "When I express myself through
my art, my spirit soars, filling my canvasses with "Galactic Visions" from Cosmic realms where no
one has gone before . . ."
"Space Classic" ©2011Michael C. Turner
"Galactic Encounter" ©2010 Michael C. Turner
"Cosmic Titans" ©2010 Michael C. Turner
© Galactic Visions Space Art and all
associated images and data by Michael C. Turner