Art Inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope by Joan Lok

Joan Lok was part of a small group of artists invited by NASA to view the James Webb Space Telescope at the Goddard Space Center in Maryland in 2016.  She created artwork in a mixture of Eastern and Western techniques and materials.  Additional events including the 2017 Great American Eclipse, and the 115th birthday of Lingnan Master Chao Shao An in 2020, are also combined to create artwork featuring the Webb Telescope. Joan also utilized Japanese gold leaf folding screen and vintage kimono as bases for her Webb artwork.  Enjoy the presentation on her creative journey recorded below.     

Webb Suminagashi

Webb Suminagashi

14"x17", Sumi-e Ink & Metallic Paint on Rice Paper using Suminagashi/Marbling

Sumi-e Evolution

Sumi-e Evolution

58"x27", Mounted on Silk to 34"x88" Scroll in honor of the 115th birthday of Lingnan Master Chao Shao An and the 60th anniversary of the To-Day Art Association.

Sumi-e Evolution

Sumi-e Evolution

Detail - Images of artwork by four generations of Lingnan artists imbedded in over 40 golden hexagons mirrors.

Venture to the Future

Venture to the Future

As featured in the World Science Festival in 2021 to celebrate the launch of the Webb Space Telescope.

Venture to the Future

Venture to the Future

36"x72". Joan used "Tarashikomi" (dripping in) to add sumi-e ink on antique gold leaf.

Great American Eclipse 2017

Great American Eclipse 2017

76"x29", Embroidery- Metallic Thread & Fabric Paint on Fabric.

Great American Eclipse 2017

Great American Eclipse 2017

Detail

Galactic Motif

Galactic Motif

76"x36", Embroidery - Metallic Thread & Fabric Paint on Fabric.

Galactic Motif

Galactic Motif

Detail

Webb Kimono - Front

Webb Kimono - Front

60"x52",Metallic Thread & Fabric Paint on Vintage Silk Kimono.

Webb Kimono - Back

Webb Kimono - Back

Webb Kimono

Webb Kimono

Detail