Atomic Art is inspired by the mysterious and magical patterns of atoms as seen through modern microscopes.
These microscopic images are the inspiration for David’s hand drawn art which is then screen printed by hand.
The Mandala images are created in the screen-printing process by overlaying two silicon patterns and twisting the top screen. The patterns emerge organically from that process.
More recently, David has been using computers to explore colour and effects in the art which are then brought into the screen printing process.
At present, the art is based on Silicon and Iridium atoms. Silicon is the eighth most common element in the universe and sits at the heart of all things digital. Iridium is one of the rarest of elements and is used in the production of semiconductors.
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David Mankey has been creating Atomic Art since 1988 and has held many successful exhibitions including a ground breaking multimedia driven show at the National Science and Technology Centre and at the Front Gallery.