Canvas unwrapped, now stepping into the cosmos.
For information on some of the physics that is influencing this commission for UCL go to the video below this one of me in the stages....
Hiranya Peiris gives a wonderful talk on Cosmology from Galileo to Gravitational Waves (GW). GW was detected in 2015 by LIGO I created an artwork about this too here is a video I made that accompanies that artwork for Cardiff University Physics Department 2016.
Watch 'Infinite LIGO dreams' video click here
Unwrapping canvas a moment just before starting to paint the interconnection between particle physics, the cosmos and dark matter.
Originals in the Drawing Gallery
Infinite Ligo dreams is published in the cern courier
The artwork commissioned by Cardiff University Physics and Astronomy Department during the Summer 2016. Has this month been published in the CERN Courier Jan/Feb issue 2017.
Thanks to the Senior communications officer from Cardiff University, Michael Bishop who created the blog:
Highlighting the artwork commissioned for the ‘Rest Frame’ room in the department and the discovery of the gravitational waves. The detection of gravitational waves by the twin aLIGO detectors, announced in February last year, is one of the most significant discoveries in physics for decades.
It was around this time back last February 2016 that I was introduced to Prof. Mark Hannam a binary black expert. When some other artworks were being hung in the department inspired by magnetic monopoles that I had created in Dr. Dan Reads lab a year or so before in the summer of 2014.
Mark spoke of the new discovery of Gravitational Waves from LIGO. We discussed that it would be fantastic to create an artwork to celebrate this momentous event in our history. In the following weeks a meeting was arranged with Chris North and Edward Fauchon-Jones along with Jason Charles Roger our sound engineer. We decided that I would produce a large oil painting reflecting some of the data mixed in with imagination of our universe’s binary black holes, pulsars, neutron stars and other elements of space. Coupled with this we created a video/audio piece integrating the development of the painting and data provided by the university along with raw audio recordings and predictions of the Gravitational Wave signals. Jason and I worked together to produce the music on the video combining the raw audio with 'spoken word' narrations about the new discovery and beats to tie all the visual and audio together.
Michael Bishop published the blog to announce the long awaited opening of the ‘Rest Room’ and the painting was unveiled on the 25th November. Matt Griffin Head of School, Stephen Eales, Mark Hannam and myself gave a short speeches to a crowded room and then the blue paper covering the artwork was torn off to be unveiled, it was a fantastic evening.
Micheal Bishop spread the news and Physics World created an article too and he also contacted Lisa Gibson Production Editor, CERN Courier who then contacted me to express that CERN Courier would like to use the image to accompany an article in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue. Well I must say this is a wonderful honour and I so very glad that people all over the world can enjoy this art inspired by one of the most impressive discovery of the decade.
‘CERN Courier’ is available now for free to download, simply click the link and read all about the lastest news-
Up Coming commissions-
'The interconnection between particle physics and cosmology' for UCL
'New Signals- exploring macro and micro structure of the brain' for CUBRIC.
2017 is going to be a busy year for Art and Science.
'Infinite LIGO dreams' Giclees £144 click here to buy
'Infinite LIGO dreams' will be unveiled tomorrow 25th Nov 4-6pm at event the celebrate opening of the new coffee area in Cardiff Physics department. The painting will a be new addition to the to adorn the walls along to join three other paintings inspired by my time spent in Dr. Dan Read's Lab back in 2014.
Infinite LIGO Dreams
Oil on Canvas
60" by 48"
On the 24th February 2016 I was in the new coffee area at the Cardiff School of Physic and Astronomy. I had created 3 paintings regarding Dr. Dan Read's work concerning magnetism.
These paintings where beginning hung up on the wall of the new coffee area and whilst I was there I was introduced to Prof. Mark Hannam. He spoke of the new discovery of Gravitational Waves from LIGO. We discussed that it would be fantastic to create an art work to celebrate this momentous event in our history. In the following weeks a meeting was arranged with Chris North and Edward Fauchon-Jones along with Jason Charles Roger our sound engineer. We decided that I would produce a large oil painting reflecting some of the data mixed in with imagination of our galaxy's binary black holes, pulsars, neutron stars and other elements of space. Coupled with this we created a video/audio piece integrating the development of the painting and data provided by the university along with raw audio recordings and predictions of the Gravitational Wave signals. Jason and I worked together to produce the music on the video combining the raw audio with 'spoken word' narrations about the new discovery and beats to tie all the visual and audio together.
I am inspired by the sheer over welcoming immensity of this discovery that proves general relativity. It is difficult to grasp how important it is to know our actual coordinates in this vast expansive space and all that influences our path through it. This data proves without a doubt that the equations work beautifully; binary black hole mergers exist and now we have found the first, LIGO shortly found another and when it is switched on again (which it may be already) I am sure there will be a influx of amazing new discoveries matching up with the predictions established from general relativity and our galaxy will show its self to be teaming with binary black holes, pulsars spinning into each other black holes swallowing up neutrons starts just as there are in the painting I created imagining the data as visible waves and structures in the immensity of this our diverse and busy universe.
The project was completed within 3 months during the Summer 2016. It, the painting has been waiting eagerly for its new home in the Gallery Coffee Area in the Physics department where it shall be unveiled on the 25th November 2016 between 4-6pm along with video, speeches and drinks.
'Beltane Buzz' was commission by an organiser of the Beltane Buzz Festival- Lowri Davies and we worked together on the concept. We both thought it was great that I was also born in Braintree all seems to make so much sense...
Beltane Buzz £25 Poster Print
Beltane Buzz £144 Giclee Print Signed Limited Edition of 75
'A lover of all things tree like, a focus on that first burst of light every Beltane and a keen interest in neuro, it's only a matter of time until you can see its patterns in nature and throughout science.
I wanted to commission a painting to incorporate science, nature's structures, neuronal networks, trees, Beltane and so much more. All in one painting....
Micro to Macro.
Not an easy task for most!
It arrived last week!
I can't resist but to share it!
I feel so lucky to have worked along side a truly gifted Artist with an outstanding understanding and in-depth, broad knowledge of science.
I will no doubt look at this painting for many years to come and continue to see different things and develop my own understanding of biology, neuroscience and it's symmetry in nature.
Penny I absolutely love it, and will be eternally grateful.'
Lowri Davies 11th July 2016
Poster Prints and Signed Limited Edition Giclees will also be on sale at the Kaya Festival and I will be on hand to discuss the art work (in between going to all the fab sets going on especially 'Holiday in the Mind' - like on Facebook here
Celebrating Beltane Buzz with Kaya Festival
When: Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th August 2016
Where: Kaya Festival, Margam Country Park, Margam Country Park, Morgam Country Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2TJ
How Much: From £79 (+BF)
The Beltane Buzz Braintree was created by Penelope Rose Cowley in collaboration with Lowri Davies
inspired by neuroscience, nature, trees and beltane. Music is by Jason Charles Roger called Bali Dreaming.
The video came after the Beltane Buzz artwork merging a tree reflected in water with the structure of the brain and an equation by Maxwell for electromagnetic wave - Light.
For prints and posters go to-
"Beltane Buzz are pleased to confirm they will have their very own stage at this year’s Kaya Festival in Margam Country Park, South Wales on August 7th-9th.
Kaya offers an assortment of African, Jamaican, European, Latin, Caribbean, European and world musical flavours along with a diverse range of workshops, arts, food stalls and festival activities. They have national and international artists along with some of the best local upcoming and established acts, in 2015 we had over 100 musical acts across 4 stages!
Beltane Buzz are in the business of promoting the best unsigned talent in Wales and previous endeavours have included the Beltane Buzz Festival near St David’s in West Wales in 2012, numerous local gigs in South Wales and a compilation album ‘Music from the Beltane Buzz’. They aint some faceless corporate industry beast, just people who love music helping other people who love music."
Prints are framed and packaged with greatest of care and delivered to your door 2-3 days after purchasing. The above are All avialable from the Gallery '
Yesterday the three paintings for Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy department were put up on the wall in the new coffee area for permanent display. It's wonderful to see these three settled in their new home. When Dr. Dan Read and I first met we were in the Pier Head building for Cardiff Science Festival 3 years ago. He had his marvelous magnetic demonstrations and I had some paintings up displaying Diffusion Tensor Images of my brain. A year later I'm down in the basement Labs of the Physic department with some canvases and paint and Dan with his liquid nitrogen setting up the Messiner effect, showing me the 'monster machine', explaining about Magnetic Monopoles and Cane, Charlie and Danny Phd student popping in demonstrating all sorts such the Levatron , see the video below its very cool! I'm very much looking forward to continuing working with the department and yesterday I met Prof. Steve Eales, Dr. Richard Lewis and Prof. Mark Hannam. We discuss the colliding of black holes and gravity waves and this may well lead to some very interesting new cutting edge artsci work... Richard briefly explained about capturing the trails left by neutrinos and I'd love to talk with him more about this.
Emily Garsides wrote article on the Wales Art Review to read more about the paintings click the link below.
Dr. Dan Read and I will be continuing to work together in collaboration with the 'New Signals' project for the new Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Center CUBRIC more on this later......
Double handed drawing of Hares. Prints £15 and Originals £89 from the Gallery