David Bowie played the character Thomas Jerome Newton in the classic film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ in 1976. The story shows a humanoid alien who comes to Earth from a distant planet on a mission to take water back home, because his planet is experiencing a catastrophic drought.
As you might expect Bowie was originally approached to provide music for the soundtrack for the film however there were contractual reasons which meant that he could not be involved in this part of the project. The music was instead coordinated by John Phillips from the pop group The Mamas & the Papas, with a contribution from the former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.
In this painting I took another view of the iconic scene with the wall of television sets, the glow from the screens giving a hint to the origins of Thomas Jerome Newton.
Part of a collection of paintings I have made of David Bowie.
Acrylic on canvas.