Features a bioluminescent tree grown through a Russian Soyuz rocket in a desert landscape, illuminated by a solar eclipse. Painted in acrylic ink using brush and airbrush. I wanted to experiment with strange, vivid color and do something different with the lighting than I had done with other works prior.
Chris Wade is a Huntsville-native artist who describes his art as astro-surrealism, or Aerospace-surrealism, usually involving abandoned rockets and/or Space Age machinery presented in a dystopian, yet dreamy aesthetic. His main media is India Ink and Acrylic Ink. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Athens State University, but was more fascinated with fine art. He became a studio artist at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in 2016, sharing a studio with David Jolley. He has had two solo museum exhibitions. In the spring of 2019, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, his painting titled “The Flight of Goose Grissom” was the featured/poster art for Panoply Arts Festival, the annual arts festival of Huntsville. He has won several awards, most notably a Chesley Award for his drawing “Failure to Launch: Grounded” in the category of Best Monochrome Work. His current work serves as a dark and dreamy, yet whimsical commentary on our internal condition, both individually and collectively, as well as a rediscovery of true potential within.
Among his goals is to spark a fascination in the machinery built during an aging space race (both abandoned and preserved), as well as to cause a childlike excitement for where we are headed as a city and on a deeper level as a people.
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