There aren’t many artists invited to step inside the esteemed NASA Ames Research Center to conjure magnificent painterly visions of what life in outer space might look like – but then artist Don Davis is not like other image-makers.
Driven by his enduring passion for depicting vast landscapes of the universe, Davis was hired as an illustrator for the Astrogeology branch at the US Geological Survey at the age of 16, and then onto the holy grail of planetary research, the NASA Ames Research Center, shortly afterwards. Over the course of the 1970s NASA Ames carried out three space colony summer studies, during which time Davis was invited by the organisation to create artistic interpretations of the researchers’ concepts. (by Maisie Skidmore)
“This isn’t just my history or an African American story…. This is American life.” Read Chase Quinn’s powerful essay about One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North. The exhibition closes September 7.