Blue Moon, Blood Moon, Lunar Eclipse
As the moon arced across our night sky on Wednesday stargazers were treated to a rare celestial sight when a Super Moon coincided with a Blue Moon, a Blood Moon and a Total Lunar Eclipse. These three rare phenomena last came together to supersize the earths natural satellite in 1866, and the proximity of the moon to our planet will not be surpassed until November 25, 2034.
If your affinity with the moon leaves you unwilling to wait that long, artist Charlie Barton’s on hand with a cosmic collection of works, guaranteed to quench your lunacy. Here’s a few of our favorite’s….
Artemis is Barton’s celestial tribute to the Greek goddess of hunting, forests and hills, archery and, of course, the moon. Her tradition as a brave, wise deity has seen her name adopted for many astronomical phenomena such as a minor planet, a lunar crater and even a chasm on the planet Venus. Artemis is also the goddess of birth and fertility, a sentiment felt in cultures across the world where the moon’s regular phases represent new beginnings.
IO Depicts the innermost of the four Galilean moons of the planet Jupiter though texture and magnificent metallic pigment. Highlighting the planets perpetually changing impact craters, molten lava lakes and shifting floodplains of molten rock, to transport you into an extraterrestrial world.
Barton’s dramatic painting Cygnus SNR is a work of explosive energy and colour. Referencing the northern constellation of the same name which counts Daneb, one of the night sky’s brightest stars, in its constellation, the painting uses Barton’s recognisable layering technique which creates the highly textured pieces she is so celebrated for. Where the constellation itself takes its name from the Greek work for Swan, Barton’s painting equals the majestic qualities of this bird and leaves the viewer in a similar state of awe as the observance of the constellation itself would inspire.