Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Gravitational Waves


A newly completed this commission for IX Arts, which will be on display at the IX show in October. The allegorical image of merging black holes is a poetic representation of recently observed waves of gravity.

Since our ancestors first looked up at the stars, everything we've observed of the universe has come in the form of light: electromagnetic waves. In the last century we've learned everything we know from looking at every part of the electromagnetic spectrum and analyzing that light. For the first time in 2015, humans observed energy arriving at earth of a different sort than electromagnetic light.

1.4 billion years ago, two black holes spiraled around each other and merged, releasing three solar masses of energy in the form of gravitational waves, literal stretching and squashing of space. If you had been nearby the waves could have squeezed you to spaghetti, but when they spread out and passed through earth in 2015 we detected those waves, dissipated to less than the width of an atomic nucleus. Our whole lives, these waves have periodically passed right through us, unnoticed, but now humanity has gained the eyes to see them.

Gravitational Waves by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 30 x 30 inches
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deep Sleep


Nestled in our comfy spot amongst the stars. This small study for a larger painting will be available on Every Day Original tomorrow morning!

Deep Sleep Study by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil Study, 6 x 8 inches


Thursday, May 17, 2018

OPA Demo


I'm excited to be giving a painting demonstration at the Oil Painters of America National Convention in Steamboat Springs, CO, on June 3rd!

The OPA National Juried Exhibition is always a great show and I'm pleased to have "Magnificent Universe" selected to participate in this year's exhibition. Come see the show and watch me paint!

Magnificent Universe by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Magnificent Universe, Oil, 18 x 24 inches


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Goldfish


New Bioluminescence for Abend Gallery's 10x10 show opening this Saturday

Bioluminescence,Goldfish by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil, 10 x 10 inches


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hubble Study


My next small study goes up on Every Day Original tomorrow morning!

Since it's launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has produced some of our most spectacular images of the universe. Hubble's observations narrowed our knowledge of the age of the universe to a decimal point of accuracy (13.7 billion years instead of 10-20 billion). In 1995, the spirit of discovery led the Hubble team to point the telescope at the darkest patch of sky they could find to see if there was anything there. In a patch of sky the size of a pinhead at arms length, the Hubble Deep Field observation revealed 3,000 galaxies stretched out to distances of up to 13 billion lightyears. It was our first nearly complete view of the entire history of the universe in one image. Check out this video about it.

The HST is nearing the end of it's life. While there are many space telescopes that preform many functions, Hubble's successor, the James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch just next year!


Hubble Study by Rob Rey - robreyfineart.com
Oil Study, 6 x 8 inches