“The White Cosmonaut” (2009): The oil-on-board paintings by Melbourn-based (New Zealand-born) painter Jeremy Geddes send a veritable chill up my spine. The eerie images of dangling astronauts – fallen angels in bubble-top helmets, their stories and vital signs unknown – suggest ever-increasing alienation. Geddes is methodical in his preparation of these large-scale paintings, going through many drafts before beginning a grisaille underpainting. Grisaille (French for ‘grey’) works are entirely monochrome, and then layers of colors are may be added. After attending art school, Geddes worked in video game development and has been painting full time since 2003. See more seriously stunning imagery on his website: http://jeremygeddesart.com/paintings.html