Celebrating the Heritage and Practices of Traditional Fine Arts Worldwide
Mars: An Artistic Mission
Exhibition Dates: February 18 – May 31, 2021
Most artwork featured in this exhibition is framed and available for acquisition. If you are interested in learning more about how to place an inquiry, please consult our Terms of Sale. Works that are not available for purchase are labeled as “NFS”.
This exhibition was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Cultural Affairs Division of the City of Pasadena.
I truly enjoy painting planets and all aspects of space. ‘Mars in Rouge’ is a piece that explores introspection as well as expectation. The darker background slowly enveloping the red planet plays on those themes and hopefully sparks a bit of wonder and awe.
– E.E. Jacks
Oil, 11" x 14", $1200
Coasting above Mars, the sunrise streaks across the cold background of space. With little atmosphere the contrast of light and dark colors are both harsh and beautiful; alien and appealing.
As a way to celebrate the landing on February 18th of the Mars 2020 spacecraft - Perseverance - I chose to do a painting that depicts the separating of the two parts of the spacecraft which cruised for months on its long journey. Here's NASA's description of the process-- "Ten minutes before entering the atmosphere, the spacecraft sheds its cruise stage, which houses solar panels, radios, and fuel tanks used during its flight to Mars. Only the protective aeroshell – with rover and descent stage inside – makes the trip to the surface." Creating this piece required some research, and I very much enjoyed learning more about this amazing mission, particularly the level of precision required to get the rover down safely. It's quite a feat!