8:20 Always (2016)
Mixed Media painting by Marc O'Malley


  • Mixed Media painting, Canvas
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 39.37 × 39.37 × 1.57 in (unframed) / 39.37 × 39.37 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the back

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Marc O'Malley

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

8' 20" is the time it takes light to reach the earth from the sun. We are seeing sunlight that was emitted 8”20” ago. I see this work an energising, life-affirming piece about the nature of time and space and the life-giving power of the Sun. Even the maths are sublime; 150,000,000km (distance to sun), 300,000KM p/s (speed of light) = 500s or 8' 20”.

I believe that being in flight and looking out over the clouds to be one of the most profound and awe-inspiring experiences available to man. To create this painting I analysed footage taken from a powerful, quad-copter drone which had ascended above the clouds.

The piece is also inspired by a painting I analysed in the final room of the Georgia O’Keefe show at Tate Modern, London 2016 which was in turn influenced by Rothko who is one the prime influences on my Painting Is Infinite series.

Materials used:

Oil, Acrylic, Gesso.