These astronaut paintings are by Gregory Manchess, a renowned illustrator from Kentucky. Manchess is an artist whose works combine a love of fine art and science fiction. Professionally, he has contributed to Time, Atlantic Monthly, spreads for Playboy, Omni, Newsweek, and Smithsonian, and numerous book covers. I really like these new astronaut paintings he created for a recent personal project. The abstract brush strokes look great contrasted with the eyes piercing through the helmets — pretty powerful stuff.
From the artist:
I’ve started a new series of paintings, just for me. Astronauts, past, present, or future, doesn’t matter. I was intrigued by Scott Carpenter’s face looking out from behind bright reflections bouncing off his face mask [1st painting, above]. And [in the second painting], a shuttle crewman stares with that timeless look.
As a kid, I was always looking skyward, staring out into interstellar space from behind the atmospheric face mask of Earth. I feel a kinship with these explorers. Perhaps it’s the promise of all that discovery.
There’s just something so fascinating about people in space suits.
And I couldn’t agree more.