Astronaut Waiting, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1965 - Brian Sanders, Artist Signed Limited Edition Giclée Print
Lever Gallery Artist Signed Limited Edition Print
Edition 20 (+ 5 artist's proofs) numbered and signed by the artist Size approx 33 cm X 42 cm Medium Professional high-resolution scan, colour adjusted to closely represent original artwork. Giclée print on 100% ‘Hahnemühle’ 308gsm Fine Art Paper, using archival pigmented inks.
The original artwork was a pencil drawing on art board, 1965. Our prints are made using a 5X4 transparency of the original work
Brian Sanders was commissioned by Stanley Kubrick to record the film being made and spent a year drawing and painting in Stage H at Shepperton Studios, England.
The softly draped coat over the office chair tells the viewer that this portrait of an astronaut is an actor in costume.
2001: A Space Odyssey production designer Harry Lange had previously worked at NASA withWernher von Braun and as a result the designs he created for the film required security clearance by NASA. Designs similar to Lange's work would appear in actual NASA space missions over the following decades. The production design, the realistic light and dark of space and the slow movement of action in the film helped establish it as touchstone for most if not all 'space' films that were to follow over the coming decades.
Lever Gallery lovingly restored and scanned 50 year old 5'X4' and 10'X8' transparencies of Brian's original work, the actual drawings and paintings having been lost in a fire at Kubrick's house several years ago. The reproductions are the first time the public has been able to see again how the film was made, the dedication of Kubrick and the crew plus the highly innovative techniques used to create such convincing scenes of weightlessness in space.