David A. Hardy, artist

David A. Hardy, FBIS, FIAAA is the longest-established living space artist in the West, being first published in 1952.

David Hardy was born April 1936 in Bournville, UK. After working in a laboratory and two years in the RAF he worked in the Design Office of Cadbury’s, where he created packaging art and catalogues for the company’s confectionery. However, in 1950 at the age of 14 he had already started painting space art. Joining the British Interplanetary Society he met the space artist R. A. Smith, who was one of his foremost influences, along with Chesley Bonestell from the USA and early French astronomer-artist, Lucien Rudaux. He also illustrated his first book – Suns, Myths and Men, with astronomer-author Patrick Moore – in 1954 at the age of only 18. Dave’s book with Moore, Futures, won the Hugo Award and the Sir Arthur Clarke Award in 2005, and he has been nominated several times for a Chesley.

Dave’s first science fiction art was published in 1970, but he has gone on to illustrate hundreds of covers for books, and for magazines such as The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (F&SF) and Analog Science Fiction and Science Fact. He is known as much for his non-fiction, accurate astronomical paintings in the tradition of Smith and Bonestell, as for his SF work, in which he created ‘Bhen’, the famous green alien which lent humour to his vivid astronomical scenes and has appeared on a dozen issues of F&SF. He also has a published novel, Aurora (Wildside Press, 2013).

He is European Vice President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), and a former Vice President of the ASFA. He usually exhibits his work in at least two SF conventions each year, including several in the USA and Europe, and has been Artist Guest of Honour at Eastercon, Novacon, Albacon, Stucon, Eurocon and several others. Dave is one of a handful of artists to have an asteroid named after him: in 2003 asteroid 1998 SB32 was christened Davidhardy; and in August 2015 he was awarded the American Astronautical Society’s Ordway Award ‘for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History’ in the category of Artist (the first to receive this).

Source: David A. Hardy, FBIS, FIAAA – Elsewhen Press

«Wine Drinking» by Sobha Singh, c. 1935

Sobha Singh

One of the greatest Indian artists of twentieth century S. Sobha Singh was born on 29 Nov. 1901 at Sri Hargobindpur (Gurdaspur), India. it was here where S. Sobha Singh learned to draw and sculpt. In 1905, his mother Bibi Acchran died. His father S. Deva Singh died in 1917.

He learnt and mastered painting by self practice. In 1919 he was present in Jalianwala Bagh at the time of firing. Later , he joined the British India army as a draughtsman and was posted at various places in Iraq. He studied European Paintings and got inspiration from the works of English painters.

Source: sobhasinghartist.com

The Sun 1911 – Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian Symbolist painter, printmaker and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His best-known composition, The Scream, is part of a series The Frieze of Life, in which Munch explored the themes of life, love, fear, death, and melancholia. His work often included the symbolic portrayal of such themes as misery, sickness, and death.

Victor Vasarely | French artist

Folklore, 1988. Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 62 cm.

Cornic, Oil on cardboard, 51.7 x 69.8 cm (1955)

Barka-Deu, 1982. Acrylic on canvas, 192.4 x 192.4 cm.

Chokk, 1976. Acrylic on canvas, 205.7 x 190.5 cm.

TallerOr, 1968

Maamor III, 1969

Bi-Hexa, 1975, Silkscreen on paper, 54 x 44.5 cm.

Tizenne – 2, 1986, Acrylic on canvas, 190 x 130 cm.

Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997)

Biography: Victor Vasarely | French artist – Britannica

The fall of Icarus (detail) from the workshop of Bernard Picart, 1731

Published some prints at the same address as his father, therefore a confusion between the two is possible. Published prints by Dirk Maas.


Engraver, son of Etienne who was sometimes called ‘Picart le Romain’; specialised in book illustration, in which he was a major figure with a large output. Trained in Paris but worked in Netherlands in September 1696 – December 1698. Married in Paris 1702 with four children. After death of wife and children turned Huguenot, and left definitively for Holland in January 1710, taking his aged father with him. Settled initially in The Hague, then in 1711 in Amsterdam, where remarried in 1712. His wife henceforth acted as his agent in sales, and was notorious for the high prices she charged and for getting proofs of all his book illustrations from their publishers (see Gersaint in the Lorangère catalogue, 1744).

Source: britishmuseum.org

Villa M, Paris, France

Villa M is a beautiful green hotel and restaurant located in Paris, France, designed in 2021 by Triptyque Architecture.

Designed by french-Brazilian Triptyque Architecture, with architectural design and art direction of the spaces signed by Philippe Starck, Villa M aims to create a new pact between cities, nature, and health.

A naturalistic manifest: this is the definition of Villa M, a mixed-use complex located in Boulevard Pasteur, in the Parisian borough of Montparnasse.

The hotel is designed as an enveloping and relaxing cocoon, with breathtaking views of the City of Light. Its 67 rooms and 6 suites have been designed as green spaces. Some of them have a balcony or terrace to admire the Montparnasse and Invalides districts. And, above all, nestled at the corner of the seventh floor, there is the Pasteur Suite: an exceptional suite with large bay windows, a double green terrace, and a living room open to the capital.

Source: homeadore.com

Billy Preston – My Sweet Lord (Live)

«My Sweet Lord» is a song by English musician George Harrison, released in November 1970 on his triple album All Things Must Pass. It was also released as a single, Harrison’s first as a solo artist, and topped charts worldwide; it was the biggest-selling single of 1971 in the UK. In America and Britain, the song was the first number-one single by an ex-Beatle. Harrison originally gave the song to his fellow Apple Records artist Billy Preston to record; this version, which Harrison co-produced, appeared on Preston’s Encouraging Words album in September 1970.

Harrison wrote «My Sweet Lord» in praise of the Hindu god Krishna,[1] while intending the lyrics as a call to abandon religious sectarianism through his blending of the Hebrew word hallelujah with chants of «Hare Krishna» and Vedic prayer.[2] The recording features producer Phil Spector‘s Wall of Sound treatment and heralded the arrival of Harrison’s slide guitar technique, which one biographer described as «musically as distinctive a signature as the mark of Zorro«.[3] Preston, Ringo StarrEric Clapton and the group Badfinger are among the other musicians on the recording.

Later in the 1970s, «My Sweet Lord» was at the centre of a heavily publicised copyright infringement suit due to its alleged similarity to the Ronnie Mack song «He’s So Fine«, a 1963 hit for the New York girl group the Chiffons. In 1976, Harrison was found to have subconsciously plagiarised the song, a verdict that had repercussions throughout the music industry. Rather than the Chiffons song, he said he used the out-of-copyright Christian hymn «Oh Happy Day» as his inspiration for the melody.

Harrison performed «My Sweet Lord» at the Concert for Bangladesh in August 1971, and it remains the most popular composition from his post-Beatles career. He reworked it as «My Sweet Lord (2000)» for inclusion as a bonus track on the 30th anniversary reissue of All Things Must Pass. Many artists have covered the song, including Andy WilliamsPeggy LeeEdwin StarrJohnny MathisNina SimoneJulio IglesiasRichie HavensMegadethBoy GeorgeElton JohnJim JamesBonnie Bramlett and Elliott Smith. «My Sweet Lord» was ranked 454th on Rolling Stone‘s list of «the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time» in 2004 and number 270 on a similar list published by the NME in 2014. That same year, «My Sweet Lord» was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It reached number one in Britain again when re-released in January 2002, two months after Harrison’s death.

More info: My Sweet Lord – Wikipedia

Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse (English, 1849-1917)

John William Waterhouse, byname Nino, (baptized April 6, 1849?, Rome, Italy—died February 10, 1917, London, England), English painter of the Victorian era known for his large-scale paintings of Classical mythological subjects. He is associated both with his predecessors, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, based on their shared interest in literary subjects (e.g., scenes from Alfred, Lord TennysonJohn Keats, and William Shakespeare), as well as with his contemporaries, the Impressionists, as exemplified by the brushy or sketchy way he sometimes applied paint to canvas.

Waterhouse began studying at the Royal Academy in London in 1870, at first pursuing sculpture. By 1874, however, he had switched to painting, as evident by the painted work (Sleep and His Half-Brother Death, 1874) that he exhibited at the Royal Academy that summer. Waterhouse’s paintings were distinct for their rich, glowing colour. Like the Pre-Raphaelites, he depicted many dramatic, beautiful women—damsels in distress, enchantresses, or femmes fatales. The tragic figure Ophelia was a subject he turned to three times (1889, 1894, 1910), each painting capturing her in a different moment of her story as she came closer to death. Waterhouse also painted more than once the main figure in Tennyson’s 1832 poem The Lady of Shalott, a subject also prized by the Pre-Raphaelites. In his 1888 painting, Waterhouse depicted her seated in a boat floating downstream to her imminent death.

He continued producing works of the mythological and literary themes throughout the 1890s and 1900s, exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy, where he had been honoured as an associate member in 1885 and then a full Royal Academician in 1895. His virtually unchanging style and subject matter went out of vogue with the Modern trends of the turn of the 20th century, but a revived interest in his work came about in the late 20th century.

Credit: britannica.com

Henri Matisse – The Essence of Life

Henri Émile Benoît Matisse was a French artist, known for both his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. He was a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor, but is known primarily as a painter. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture.