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mark batty


Mark Batty's work is influenced by astronomy and the cosmos. As well as an awestruck admiration of beauty, this subject matter serves as a point of personal scientific research, and it is at this amalgamation that his practise exists.

Batty aims to produce a natural representation of the cosmos, however due to the nature of space, the result can often seem free of reference and subject matter, blurring the line between representation and abstraction. Touching on the sublime and magisterial gaze, which shape our very notions of the cosmos, his works evoke exploration and the frontier. He aims to present the viewer with a universe that is both overwhelming and within our grasp.

Batty exploits the versatility of oil paint in representing different areas of space. From numerous thin dark layers for the eternal expanse of nothingness to the myriad of bright white specs for dense congested star fields; coloured glazes for translucent nebulous clouds and buttery slathers of rolling stormy cloud bands on giant gaseous planets. His works encompass striking and familiar representations of space as well as the more abstract inscrutable realms.

Selected Works

Silver Moon

Paintings - 50x50 cm


Paintings - 61x112 cm

Milky Way

Paintings - 75x250 cm

Pillars of Creation

Paintings - 32x27 cm

Butterfly Nebula

Paintings - 27x37 cm

Looking Back

Paintings - 120x100 cm


Paintings - 120x120 cm

Martian Sunset II, Hematite

Paintings - 30x30 cm

Martian Twilight Earth & Moon

Paintings - 30x45 cm


Paintings - 61x91 cm


Paintings - 60x60 cm

Orion Nebula

Paintings - 90x70 cm


Paintings - 60x112 cm


Paintings - 75x135 cm

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