"First Men: Neil A. Armstrong" is a stunning 3-D Fine Art experience and the first Textured Canvas from Alan Bean in over 10 years. It is also the largest textured canvas we’ve ever created. Truly, when you purchase our Fine Art Edition of "First Men" you’ll find it hard to believe that you have not purchased an original work of art from this legendary Astronaut, Moonwalker and Artist. Only 75 will be created for this special canvas edition. Each is signed by Apollo 12 astronaut Capt. Alan Bean. This is an edition no true fan should be without.
The work of artist Alan Bean conveys the sense of space travel not only through subject and color but also texture. The tools that once helped him explore the moon now help him put the moon’s stamp on many of his paintings. Prior to painting the image, Bean covers the surface on which he will work with a texturing material. He then uses exact replicas of his Moon boots to make footprints across this surface that are just like all the Apollo boot prints remaining on the moon today. Next he uses the same geology hammer he worked with on the Apollo 12 mission to dig into the painting’s surface. Finally, a sharp edged bit from one of the core tubes is used to make round indentations in the surface. All of these come to amazing 3-Dimensional life in this striking Fine Art Edition.
“I guess every astronaut wanted to be the first man on the Moon. I know I did,” says Alan Bean. “And if we couldn't be the first, we at least wanted to be one of the first. Apollo 11’s crew got the opportunity to make the first attempt. Neil, Buzz and Mike flew a perfect flight and went into the history books; but all 400,000 Americans that helped make Apollo a success are in that history, too."
“I think this painting is exactly how Astronaut Neil Armstrong looked as he took the now-iconic photo of his lunar companion, Buzz Aldrin,” says the artist. “You can see Buzz reflected in his gold visor if you look closely enough. I painted a companion piece to this painting at the same time as this, "First Men: Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin." In that painting, you see Neil Armstrong reflected in Buzz’s visor. They are a wonderful set and unique record of that exciting time in history.”