Apollo by Neal ScraseRegular price £300.00
Title: Apollo by Neal Scrase AGSA - Original - Oil on Canvas (100cm x 100cm) - 2018
Type: Original and Limited Edition Prints
Supplied with Certificate of Authenticity
Original Size: 97 x 197cm
Original: Oil on Canvas
Origination Date: 2018
This image is based upon a well know NASA image taken during the launch of Apollo 11.
Neal Scrase unveiled (or should we say 'launched') Apollo at the September Art Show in Wadhurst 2018. This painting was the first in the 'Voyeur' series.
The 'Voyeur' series examines us/you the viewer watching a crowd of people watching who are also watching an important event. In this first piece the clues are spread across the painting and within the title. There is a Swan, Lyre, Laurel Leafs and Arrows depicting the greek God 'Apollo'. and of course the is the rocket program called Apollo. In addition the crowd bookends the time scales with Frank Sinatra in the early 60's and Mick Jagger at the end of the 60's. The political period is echoed by have JFK representing the start of the decade and Nikita Khrushche at the other end.
This image is all one of those that will keep attracting you to new symbols or faces each time you view the scene.
This image could not have happened with the Space Race of the 60's and the speak that started the ball rolling given by JFK back in On May 25, 1961, announced before a special joint session of Congress the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. A number of political factors affected Kennedy's decision and the timing of it. In general, Kennedy felt great pressure to have the United States "catch up too and overtake" the Soviet Union in the "space race." He wanted to announce a program that the U.S. had a strong chance at achieving before the Soviet Union. He concluded that landing an American on the Moon would be a very challenging technological feat, but an area of space exploration in which the U.S. actually had a potential lead. Thus the cold war is the primary contextual lens through which many historians now view Kennedy's speech.