Pleiades in Van Gogh Style

It may look small, but this artwork took me more than a week to finish it. I adopted Van Gogh’s The Starry Night art style to create this impression of the Seven Sisters Cluster. I love how this style emphasize on the movement of gas clouds surrounding this open cluster, depicting how these stars are gravitationally bound to each other. In both myth and science, Messier 45 are considered to be sibling stars as they were both from the same cloud of gas and dust some 100 million years ago. The whirling bright clouds around the Pleiades stars in this painting represent independent dust clouds in the interstellar space which the stars are currently passing. So, this reflection nebula surrounding Messier 45 is totally unrelated to the stars. The use of shades of blue and white created spiral effect and draws attention to the stars, meanwhile the swirling brush strokes give the impression that these stars are alive and moving.

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Nurul Syahirah Nazarudin

My name is Nurul Syahirah Binti Nazarudin and I’m a Malaysian Space Artist. I create cosmic arts to deliver the beauty of the night sky and raise universe awareness for Malaysian as well as international public. I’m a dark sky advocate for Dark Sky Malaysia and International Dark Sky Association and as a space artist, I reach out to the public about the dangers of light pollution and the importance of dark sky through my artworks. I was invited to virtual talks and participated in conferences to communicate astronomy and light pollution awareness through artistic works. Being a space artist is a part of my busy life as I’m a full-time educator during the day and as a teacher, I always encourage my students to incorporate arts in their learning.

As an astronomical artist, I am passionate to connect the public with astronomy through work of arts. The delights of observing the night sky have inspired artists, composers, and poets to interpret the universe in their own creative way. Until today, humanity is inspired by the wonders of the night sky and has been continuously producing works of art to express the astronomical connection and to simulate the world beyond the sight of our telescopes and cameras. By expressing my passion for cosmos in form of arts, I inspire those who are not involved in the field to enjoy Astronomy as much as I do. Even though the space out there is beyond our touch(yet), I want to make it reachable through my perspective of the universe. Based on my experience, whenever people look at my arts, curiosity sparked in them and they wanted to know what are my paintings all about. I explained to them the subjects in my paintings and this bridges astronomy to my audiences. Space science provide a deeper meaning to my artistic work and help the viewer to relate themselves with the universe in a more “human” way.

Besides Astronomy, I also communicate light pollution and dark sky awareness through arts. Light pollution is an underrated and minimized issue which requires more attention from the public. I want to spread the awareness about light pollution to the public in a creative and eye-catching way to the public with my arts. Through arts, the knowledge about our universe and light pollution can be carried in a creative, conspicuous, and stimulating way.

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