Dots, Dashes, and Lines Form Astronomical Maps Painted by Shane Drinkwater

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Australian artist Shane Drinkwater writes on his website that when it comes to painting, he in interested in the “making.” Using a system of lines, dashes, numbers, and circles, Drinkwater creates works that often appear as astronomical maps of imagined star systems. Abstract stars form repeated patterns around vibrant planets. The artist allows the act of painting to dictate how the cosmic compositions land on his canvas, and the results are visually arresting.

“I delve into the act of painting with a minimum repertoire of visual elements aiming for a maximum visual intensity,” Drinkwater writes. “Ideas and images appear through the making of the work, language becomes unnecessary, I let the work speak for me.” To see more of these cool maps and other paintings by Shane Drinkwater, follow the artist on Instagram. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

Dots, Dashes, and Lines Form Astronomical Maps Painted by Shane Drinkwater

Dots, Dashes, and Lines Form Astronomical Maps Painted by Shane Drinkwater

Dots, Dashes, and Lines Form Astronomical Maps Painted by Shane Drinkwater

Dots, Dashes, and Lines Form Astronomical Maps Painted by Shane Drinkwater

Dots, Dashes, and Lines Form Astronomical Maps Painted by Shane Drinkwater

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