The Cosmonaut Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Cosmonaut Original Mixed Media Painting

2,600.00

24x48 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, watercolor, watercolor paper on stained birch panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features the cosmonaut. In 1965, with the space race between Russia and the US in full swing, a Russian cosmonaut named Alexey Leonov completed the very first spacewalk, floating in space for an amazing 12 minutes of glory. The mission was far from flawless, as Alexey couldn’t get back into his spacecraft due to his suit inflating because of the pressure differences. The young cosmonaut quickly released some pressure from his suit using a small release valve, a move that could have instantly killed him due to decompression sickness, or “the bends”. Luckily, he survived to tell the tale and was heralded as a hero. This historic spacewalk paved the way for further exploration into the cosmos and also marked the end of Russian dominance of the space race, as the US was poised to take it over with our first spacewalk in 1965 and the historic moon landing of 1969. A Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) floats in the background, hinting at the incredibly dangerous untethered spacewalks that we are now capable of.

The Cosmonaut was created using subdued tones of acrylic and watercolor paint. Overall, it has the feel of a vintage photograph steeped in history. The long-limbed character was crafted using watercolor paper and pasted on the wood panel. See an illustrated guide of my process here.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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