Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Leicester
Inspired by the explorations of space since the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landings, Leicestershire artist Joyce Markie is mounting an exhibition of new paintings and computerised images, entitled Visions in Space, in conjunction with the University of Leicester's internationally-respected Department of Physics & Astronomy, (10 - 25 February).
This is the second time that Joyce has shown work at the University. Her earlier show in 1995, Windows on Space, inspired by images from the Hubble Space Telescope, received much local and national media attention, and since then she has continued to collaborate with the Department of Physics & Astronomy producing images, one of which dealing with Black Holes and White Dwarfs, was used at an international seminar in Norway and is on a textbook cover.
The new exhibition of 19 works includes ten acrylic/watercolours and nine computer paintings. The work's content embraces several notable astronomical occurrences such as the comet Hale Bopp, the 1999 eclipse and the impact of global warming and pollution, along with astronomical images.
Whilst a bespoke tailor by trade Joyce is a self-taught artist from early years, who discovered a natural ability and enthusiasm to communicate through art in the mid 70s (until 1996) when she worked as an art tutor in Adult Education. She also served on the County Art Advisory Committee representing tutors in drawing and painting who worked in Leicestershire.
The support and encouragement of the University of Leicester's senior lecturer Dr Brin Cooke and Reader Dr Martin Barstow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy takes Joyce into the world of space through art.
"To have had my eyes opened to the wonders of deep space has been awe inspiring," explains Joyce. "The access to scientific data and amazing images of space available on the internet and through the University's international links with organisations such as NASA, has opened my eyes. I hope that my work will in turn open the eyes of others. Space offers endless opportunities for the imagination - it's as endless as space itself!"
For more information please contact Joyce Markie on: 01858 463786 http://www.star.le.ac.uk/wd/jm.html.
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