Heinrich Anton de Bary (symbiosis/fungi)

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36” diameter acrylic on round wood panel

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De Bary was devoted to the study of the life history of fungi. At that time, various fungi were still considered to arise through spontaneous generation. In de Bary’s time, potato late blight had caused sweeping crop devastation and economic loss, and the origin of plant diseases was not known at that time. De Bary was the first to demonstrate sexuality in fungi. He was one of the most influential of the 19th-century bioscientists.

Microscapes - This series of paintings and sculptures portray a fantastical and imagined world where one can fly, float, or soar through a diminutive landscape filled with microbes, bacteria, viruses, cells, and atoms. The landscapes have the illusion of space so that the viewer can picture themselves floating amongst and exploring the cellular detritus. They allow the viewer to be a kind of ‘nano-tourist’ in a tiny world that is experienced every day. A world that in reality, can only be seen using a microscope or a particle accelerator.  

Colour is very important to this work. It is used to evoke a kind of ‘Disney-fied’ imagining of the microscopic/subatomic landscape. 

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Acrylic with a clear UV matte or satin varnish for protection.

All painting marks or light blemishes are part of the art. There are no returns on original art.

Signed on the back with the date. 

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