Chuck & The Challenger by Showdeer
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January 25, 2022 7:52 PM EST

Artist Statement

Title: Chuck & The Challenger

Year: 1986

The year 1986 was very important for me as it was my first learning lesson about art from my Uncle Chuck who taught me how to use light. He was an illustrator who painted The Titan Rocket, the Mars Viking Lander, Skylab and the Space Shuttle. This was also the year of the Challenger disaster and I wanted to pay respects to both. His remains were launched into orbit December 21st, 1999 as a space burial on the 7th Celestis flight after others like Gene Roddenberry, Eugene Earl Shoemaker and Timothy Leary. His artwork is displayed in The Smithsonian in Washington, DC. This art is a homage to both my late Uncle and all lives lost on the Challenger who showed us that we should follow our dreams no matter what and that life is short and precious.

Bio:

Showdeer is the moniker of artist Chris Bigalke. Currently dropping pieces from his 1000 piece collection created during 2008-2020. This is his first collaboration with TIME and artist Toppy Eton.

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Showdeer invited Toppy Eton to TIMEPieces. Their work is inspired by the year 1986.

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