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COSMIC ICON ~ HOLY LIGHT by AstroBoy1
COSMIC ICON ~ HOLY LIGHT
Cosmic Icon ~ Holy Light
COPYRIGHT 2015 ~ Michael C. Turner ~ Galactic Visions Space Art
30x40" Acrylic on stretched gallery canvis. 

This is the descriptor for the painting, Cosmic Icon * Holy Light, I used for this year's Christmas In The Stars Christmas card cover. It is on the back of the card. I would love to have the time to make everyone a card and mail it to them but alas, that is not possible. I have done the next best thing by posting the card cover, inside verses and back descriptor. Please feel free to use for you personal use. You may freely share this with anyone you wish. I do ask that you kindly give me credit if you should share it publicly. More importantly, give God the credit for His great Creation and most especially for sending His only son, Jesus Christ to redeem all creation across the vast Cosmos.
~ Michael C. Turner ~

Cosmic Icon 
©2015 ~ Michael C. Turner ~ Galactic Visions Space Art
24 x 36" ~ Acrylic on gallery wrap stretched canvas
The night sky has captured the attention and fueled the imagination of sentient beings since ancient times. Early humans were obviously in awe of the nightly stellar theatre along with an array of other celestial phenomena. Occasionally, they would be treated to grand performances of a cosmic magnitude with the appearance of comets, those mysterious harbingers of destiny. On rare occasions, they might have witnessed truly cosmic displays of what we now know to be supernovae, the death throes of colossal stars across the Milky Way. Throughout history, various celestial events have brought both fear and jubilation to the mere mortals on this terrestrial sphere. By projection, we can infer that the same was or is true for any sentient beings inhabiting extrasolar planets orbiting extrasolar stars or suns. They, like Earth based intellects, assuredly would commemorate such events by erecting structures that would pay homage these events for present and future generations. Over time, these monuments would become icons of the culture that constructed them. Stone is a very durable material, as the many ancient monuments that have survived the sands of time attest. It is one of the most commonly available materials on terrestrial class planets since they are essentially huge spheres of stone orbiting a parent star or stars in space. Colossal stone or megalithic structures evoke awe by their very nature. When coupled with celestial events, they become iconic even to a contemporary culture. Further, they can become centers of worship with an entire pantheon of gods and goddesses manifesting within the id of the culture. In time these become ingrained in the minds, and affect the daily lives, of the worshipers. 
In this painting, a cosmic performance is depicted as seen through a colossal megalithic portal of obvious sentient construction. The star filled night sky within a birthing nebula is aglow with tendrical bands of nebula gases streaming across myriad light years of space. Some of the newborn stars within the nebula are traveling swiftly through gases and plasma creating comet-like performances. A super giant star radiates brilliantly within the nebula, creating bands of illuminated gases and plasma along with other star ejecta. A companion terrestrial class planet and a nearby moon perform a celestial ballet along with the foreground planet as they orbit about one another. A conjunction and impending eclipse are entering the celestial stage and the megalithic portal is perfectly aligned with the performers to present a drama of Cosmic magnitude. What significant event, perhaps long forgotten, transpired relative to this celestial one? The stars, those silent singers know. If only we could decipher their silent lyrics. 
On planet Earth, the most significant event in the history of humanity transpired over two thousand years ago and yet, no colossal structures were erected to commemorate it. The only celestial event that is attributed to this event is that of a star which lead learned men, or Magi, to behold the glory of one perfect star that came to Earth. This perfect star is the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, who came to Earth to save all of humanity not by becoming some great earthly ruler or conqueror, but by simply offering his love and the eternal gift of salvation to all who open their hearts and ask him to abide with them. Jesus Christ, truly is God's Cosmic Icon . . .




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The Galactic Visions of Michael C. Turner

The “Galactic Visions” of Michael C. Turner transports viewers into a fabulously mysterious universe filled with light and color. His canvases are filled with extrasolar worlds, galaxies of stars, brilliantly glowing nebulae, pulsars, quasars, black holes, and other bizarre cosmic phenomena. At first, one might consider these images as fantasy. Turner contends that his creations are, in fact, based upon scientific data and plausibility. He says he paints from his soul with the intent of inspiring the viewer to feel “the spirit of space.” He regards his space art as equally inspirational or sacred art. "The Cosmos reveals the mind and spirit of The Creator,” explains Turner. Ever careful to maintain the balance of inspiring and informing the viewer, he composes detailed descriptors for each of his unique works of space art.

Turner primarily uses acrylic with traditional paint and brush techniques on stretched canvas to express his artistic visions of a living universe unfolding within its cosmic womb. Although he does some digital art, his artistic passion remains faithful in traditionally created canvas paintings. He created many space paintings long before the Hubble Space Telescope commenced imaging areas of space where Earth-based intellects have yet to travel. Prior to the most recent discoveries, Turner’s paintings would have been considered science fiction or fantasy, as there was no physical proof for his insightful images. With each new astronomical discovery, Turner’s conceptual space art is validated by the scientific world. Nevertheless, he contends that his primary objective is to inspire, for all true science is the result of inspired minds. “Consider modern technology,” says Turner, “Mere decades ago, the wonders of audiovisual communication and the universe it has revealed, was an inspired vision. Most people considered it science fiction or fantasy.” Of the many influential artists in Turner’s life, he says that the visionary space artist Chesley Bonestell is the one who most inspired him to pursue space art.

Turner calls his paintings “Space-Scapes.” He says they are vignettes of the Universe, waiting to be discovered. He is among a relatively small group of artists calling themselves “space artists.” He is a long-time member of the only astronomical space artist organization on the planet, the prestigious IAAA (International Association of Astronomical Artists). This international group of space artists produces the majority of all the astronomical space art on the planet. www.iaaa.org

Michael C. Turner’s space art spans more than three decades. His life-long love of space, science, and art are supremely evident in his paintings which have won him honors and awards ever since he received the senior art award in high school. In university Turner pursued multiple fields of science with a focus on space sciences. His myriad interests and skills also lead him to study archaeology (focusing on ancient Egyptian archaeology), anthropology, paleontology, ancient world history, geology, visual arts, and theatrical arts. Fine art was his anchor across this vast academic sea. Turner’s rich background experiences in archaeology and the sciences are frequently incorporated within his paintings. Turner feels that archaeology and space science are natural companions for space-faring civilizations. When viewing the rich, visual detail of Turner’s paintings, one can’t help but ponder whether these are his “visions of space” or “visions he has seen in space.” His paintings invite viewers to take a solitary journey into the depths of a universe that exists equally in their inner-space and outer-space.

Turner’s paintings have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally. Many of his works are in private collections. He has exhibited in galleries throughout his career although, he has exhibited more frequently in solitary shows, especially in science facilities and space related art exhibitions He has had resident art exhibits at various planetariums and science facilities. His “Galactic Visions” space art has consistently been exhibited at Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville, Georgia for over twenty years and has been part of Elachee’s space science exhibit for nine consecutive years. His work was chosen by the Planetary Society as part of a featured IAAA space art exhibit in Pasadena, California in conjunction with NASA’s July 4, 1997 landing of the Mars Pathfinder expedition. His “Galactic Visions” were exhibited at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and in projected digital imagery in Sydney, Australia during the 2000 Olympics celebrations. His art has been published in space art books. Most recently, Turner's space art was published (along with a host of fellow IAAA space artists) in the 2011 International Association of Astronomical Artists' space art book entitled "The Beauty of Space." Turner's paintings are based upon scientific data, however, his paintings have also been published in science fiction related books, appearing most recently in Craig Musselman's 2011 "Machines and Magic."

Although space art is a vital part of his life, Turner has pursued many other interests over the years along with his soul mate and wife, Linda Turner. He was a professional educator for twenty five years. He has actively engaged in a wide array of archaeological excavations and continues in archaeological pursuits when not creating his “Galactic Visions.” His many fields of study and interests are augmented by his professional photography and writing skills. In addition to contributing to professional journals and conducting seminars, Turner is also an accomplished published writer. He especially enjoys composing meditative prose and verse. One of his meditative poems entitled “Star Hymns” was published in “Silence of Yesterday,” an anthology of poems of the twentieth century’s best poets. “Star Hymns” was dedicated in memory to the late Carl Sagan, the acclaimed astronomer of the PBS Cosmos series. Turner’s painting, “Star Hymns” and his poem of the same title are excellent examples of how he integrates the two art forms.

Turner began an annual limited edition space art Christmas card series in 1991, entitled "Christmas in the Stars." He integrates his space art, detailed descriptors, and meditative sacred verses to create unique space-themed Christmas cards. He shares the physical cards with his closest friends and relatives and posts them on various internet sites for everyone to freely enjoy.

In recent years, Turner has focused more on creating his “Galactic Visions” rather than expending excessive time with exhibitions. He most frequently creates private commissions which he says are far more enjoyable than seeking public venues. Although there are other talented space artists, the Galactic Visions of Michael C. Turner are truly unique in any world. If viewing art is the first level of art appreciation, and if feeling the spirit of the art and the artist is the ultimate level, then Michael C. Turner’s space art is the portal for that continuum. Turner says, “When I express myself through my art, my spirit soars, filling my canvasses with “Galactic Visions” from cosmic realms where no one has gone before . . .”

Michael C. Turner’s Galactic Visions' space art can be viewed at:

GALACTIC VISIONS SPACE ART:

( mcturnergv.wix.com/galacticvis… )

The International Space Art Network

spaceart1.ning.com/photo/photo…

DeviantArt
( astroboy1.deviantart.com/galle… )

Michael C. Turner's Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/people/Michae…

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stabbert3 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student Writer
Beautiful work. I'm trying to visualize a new world for a book I'm writing and your work has inspired me. Thank you. 
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shekho72 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful gallery!
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meiyeezhu Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
When the space leviathans come to your home planet, you know who to turn to...
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
:D
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FOR
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UNTILL
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KissOfDarkness13 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for favouriting "Nebulae".
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Hameed Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for you support, much appreciated as always. :hug:
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AstroBoy1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013

It is my sincere pleasure and thank you for including more of my space art in your favourites.

 

Best regards,

 

Michael C. Turner

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WendyKimberley Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Greetings :D

 thankyou for the fave

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milenkadelic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:! :iconsun--plz:
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