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 Name  Woods
 First Name  Arthur
 Citizenship  Switzerland
 ZIP  8260
 City  Stein am Rhein
 Country  Switzerland
 URL  http://www.arthurwoods.ch
 Date of Birth  26/03/1948
 Place of Brith  United States

Statement / Description

Early in his art career, Arthur Woods turned to science for a contemporary description of reality. Becoming fascinated by particle physics and the structures of the micro-cosmos, he developed a painting style and technique that used points and dabs of color as a metaphor for the sub-atomic universe. Over the years he applied this "pointillistic" painting technique to a variety of artistic expressions that included abstract and hyper-realistic works as well as three-dimensional sculptural works. In the mid-eighties he began to integrate the concept of the macro-cosmos into his art which led to a series of art-in-space projects that were designed to be realized in the environment of outer space.

Personal Resume / Biography

Arthur Woods was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA on March 26, 1948.

His involvement with space began at the early age of 11 when he personally witnessed the beginnings of the U.S. space effort from 1959-1970 while living in Merritt Island, Florida near Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center. While a university student, he held jobs at the space center during the Apollo program in the summers of 1967 and 1968.

He studied art and psychology at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. After graduation in 1970 and completing U.S. military service in 1972, he began his art career in California before moving to Switzerland in 1974 where he now lives and works.

As a contemporary artist, Arthur Woods has created a variety of artistic expressions inspired by a description of the cosmos found in contemporary physics. Using this scientific information as a point of departure for his art, he developed a unique pointillistic painting technique which has served both his abstract and figurative artistic explorations. These works include his abstract Voyager Series of shape and colour and his Earth Energies Series - hyper-realistic paintings of the home planet seen from the perspective of space. His most innovative and publicized art activities have been the actual introduction of art into Earth orbit.

Beginning in the mid-1980s Woods initiated and developed a number of art-in-space projects. The early projects, such as the Orbiting Unification Ring Satellite and the OUR-Space Peace Sculpture , were developed extensively and resulted in agreements signed with the former Soviet Union and the construction of full size model of an inflatable space sculpture by NPO Energia in 1990 called the OUR-Space Peace Sculpture.

On May 22, 1993, his Cosmic Dancer Sculpture was the first of his artworks to be launched into outer space. Sent to the Russian Mir space station with the purpose to investigate the properties of sculpture in weightlessness and the integration of art into space habitats, the Cosmic Dancer Sculpture was the first three-dimensional art work purposely designed for and officially integrated into a human habitat beyond Earth.

In 1994, Woods initiated another space art project called - Ars ad Astra: The 1st Art Exhibition in Earth Orbit - a collection of original artworks from 20 international artists which were launched and displayed on the Mir space station as a part of ESAs EuroMir95 mission.

In 1985 Arthur Woods began the O.U.R.S. Project, a cultural and astronautical organization based in Switzerland which is dedicated to establishing and nurturing a cultural dimension to humanity\'s space endeavours.

Besides organizing art and space events both on and off Earth including several exhibitions of space art at the IAF Congresses in Oslo, Turin and Melbourne, the O.U.R.S. Project has undertaken various space research studies and has participated in the organization of a number of symposia and workshops on the topic of art and space.

One study called:ITSF: Innovative Technologies in Science Fiction for Space Applications involved a collaboration with the European Space Agency and the Maison d Ailleurs - a Science Fiction museum in Switzerland. Woods designed and built an extensive web site for this project which has attracted a lot of international press attention and which has recently become a platform for an annual Science Fiction Competition focused on space technology.

Recently, in collaboration with Leonardo/Olats, Arthur Woods is co-organizer of the Spacearts Database project which could become the most comprehensive reference on the subject of space art to date. He is also the web designer of the Space & Society website - a project aimed at world leaders and the Space Expectations website directed at the general public. Both projects were co-sponsored by the International Academy of Astronautics and the European Space Agency.

Arthur Woods was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics in 1995 and served as chairman of the former Sub-Committee on the Arts and Literature and co-chair of its annual session in the Space and Society symposium. He was elected as a Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Woods has published more than 20 papers on cultural aspects of space activities. His spaceart work has been included in several museum exhibitions and has graced the cover of several international art magazines.

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