Brian Smallwood says he's been interested in outer space since he was a lad. Inspired by the book Voyage to the Stars -- written by noted astronomer Sir Patrick Moore and illustrated by fellow space artist David A. Hardy -- Brian painted his first piece of space artwork on the back of a cardboard box (seen below). Ironically, the box came from his first telescope.
He continued dabbling in fantastic oil landscapes and produced his first book cover for celebrated fantasy writer Andre Norton's Tales of the Witch World in 1987. After earning a science degree, Brian did work for the long-running BBC series The Sky at Night, where he met and befriended the show's host, none other than Sir Patrick Moore.
Brian and Moore recently collaborated with former Queen guitarist and astronmy buff Brian May and astronomer Chris Lintott to produce the book BANG! The Complete History of the Universe.
Says Brian about the collaboration, "It's been an exhilarating journey!"
This image of Jupiter's moon Europa appeared on the cover of Astronomy Now magazine and shows its cracked icy crust.
Enceladus, Moon of Saturn
Enceladus is one of the innermost moons of Saturn and may have liquid water deep below its surface.
Commissioned by the BBC for its long-running astronomy show The Sky at Night, this view of a globular cluster -- such as M15 -- shows what it would look like from the surface of a relatively nearby planet. The cluster could host as many as a million bright stars.
To see more of Brian's stunning artwork, hop on the pulsating spacecraft for a ride to his website
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