The Man Who Fell to Earth was a film directed by the fantastic British director Nicolas Roeg in 1976. David Bowie plays the title role as Thomas Jerome Newton an alien who crash lands on Earth seeking a way to transport water back to his planet, which is suffering from a severe drought. The movie was very surreal and I believe it caused some controversy at the time over its provocative content. To me it is an excellent movie along with several other classics that Nicolas Roeg produced and showed Bowie had a flair for acting. I love the fiction to real life synergy showing Bowie’s alien being pursued by the press later on in the movie – and the close synergy of his own life at that time, some clips could easily have been shot as part of a documentary on Bowie and not a work of fiction.
The sequence in this painting was the segment where Bowie becomes obsessed with scenes of human activity via a large wall of television screens. An idea that was to be copied in several other movies since.
Part of a collection of paintings I have made of David Bowie.
Acrylic on canvas.