David Barnett (American, b. 1946)
Venus & Shooting Stars Over the Mountain, 2015
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Mixed media on canvas mounted on museum foamboard
25.50 x 34.50 in
‘Venus & Shooting Stars Over the Mountain’ is an original mixed media artwork using watercolor and giclée print on canvas, signed by the artist in the lower right center. Alternating between wide arcing brush strokes and astral drops of color, the composition depicts the planet Venus and other celestial bodies illuminating the night sky. Tracing the movement of the cosmos, 'Venus & Shooting Stars Over the Mountain' is reminiscent of Joan Miro's 'Constellations,' for its use of organic lines and shapes to indicate motion. Speaking about this piece, Barnett explained that he had been saving the final section of his roll of Fabriano watercolor paper (hence the furled corners that can be observed near the top of the canvas) to document something worthy of this occasion; ultimately it was the planet Venus passing above the mountains that served as the inspiration for this expansive and luminous piece. Mixed media watercolor & giclée print on canvas mounted on museum foamboard 25.5 x 35.5 inches, artwork 31.125 x 41 inches, frame Signed and dated in lower center Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting. Housed in a modern profile white moulding with 3-inch linen liner.