Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away (South Carolina) The Pink Flamingo was insane enough to open the world’s very first art gallery dedicated to space, science fiction, and astronomical art. I am a huge fan of space art, and have some incredible pieces, primarily from the early days of NASA.
Jeff Foust has a “MUST READ” commentary about space art and how it can inspire the future.
“…Alan Bean is an artist inspired by going into space, in particular the Moon. The former astronaut entered the history books by becoming the fourth man to walk on the Moon as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12 in 1969, but arguably his greater claim to fame is what he’s done in the years since then, using that experience as the basis for a second career as a painter.
In July, an exhibition of his paintings opened at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The approximately 50 paintings there represent the largest single exhibition of his works to date, and are coupled with related artifacts, from the tools he uses to make his painting to some of the objects depicted in them….”
Alan Bean is finally being acknowledged for his work, but The Pink Flamingo thinks Doug Chaffee is probably the finest of all the space artists. Then again The Pink Flamingo is highly prejudiced when it comes to the work of Doug Chaffee. During the Apollo Program, Doug was the head of IBM’s art department. His rendering of the Apollo roll-out was the “official” artwork that went to the Hill in order to help get funding for the Apollo Program itself. (The Pink Flamingo owns the first print of the edition). Above Top Secret (The Pink Flamingo owns #50 of the Tom Clancy signed A/Ps) was purchased by Tom Clancy. The Pink Flamingo was honored to deliver the painting to Clancy, personally.