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Alan Bean

Twelve people have walked on the moon. Only one was an explorer artist, Alan Bean­Apollo XII astronaut, commander of Skylab II and artist. Born in 1932 in Wheeler,Texas, Alan was selected for an NROTC scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin in 1950. Alan was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy in 1955. Holder of eleven world records in space and astronautics,Alan Bean has had a most distinguished peacetime career. His awards include two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal and the Robert J. Collier Trophy.As part of the Apollo XII crew, he became the fourth of only twelve men ever to walk on the Moon. As the spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II, he set a world record: 24,400,000 miles traveled during the 59-day flight.

When he wasn´t flying, Bean always enjoyed painting as a hobby. Attending night classes at St. Mary´s College in Maryland in 1962, Alan experimented with landscapes. During training and between missions as a test pilot and astronaut, he continued private art lessons. On space voyages, his artist´s eye and talent enabled him to document impressions of the Moon and space to be preserved later on canvas.A voracious student, Alan began to immerse himself in polishing his talent with the same intensity he gave to his astronaut training. Inspired by the impressionists and studying under contemporary masters, he is a first-rate artist who is as comfortable rendering sharp realism as he is with portraying subtle emotions through a faceless spacesuit—but there´s a bonus: as the only artist who has visited another world, Bean paints with an authenticity and insight completely unique in the entire history of art by creating a palette mirroring his artistic eye. His is a personal portfolio of the golden era of space exploration as viewed by the only artist who has BEEN there. His art reflects the attention to detail of the aeronautical engineer, the respect for the unknown of the astronaut and the unabashed appreciation of a skilled explorer artist. The space program has seen unprecedented achievements and Bean realized that most of those who participated actively in this adventure would be gone in forty years. He knew that if any credible artistic impressions were to remain for future generations, he must paint them now. »My decision to resign from NASA in 1981 was based on the fact that I am fortunate enough to have seen sights no other artist ever has,« Bean said, »and I hope to communicate these experiences through art.« He is pursuing this dream at his home and studio in Houston.

Bean´s book, Apollo:An Eyewitness Account, which chronicles his first-person experience as an Apollo astronaut and explorer artist in words and paintings, was received with critical and popular acclaim upon its publication in 1998.



Our Own Personal Spaceships

Apollo 12 Is Headed Home

First Flag

Getting Ready To Ride

Armstrong Heads Beyond The Boulders

The Source Of Intelligent Life

The First Human Footprint

My Brother, Jim Irwin

Our World At My Fingertips

Savoring The Moment

Home Sweet Home

We Came In Peace For All Mankind

First Men: Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin

First Men: Edwin E. ´Buzz´ Aldrin

The Last Man On The Moon

Fast Times On The Ocean Of Storms

Apollo Moonscape, An Explorer Artist´S Vision

Ceremony On The Plain At Hadley

A Window On The End Of An Era

Lunar Grand Prix

One Lucky Guy

Some Tools Of Our Trade

First Men: Neil A. Armstrong

A Jewel In The Heavens

Beyond A Young Boy´S Dream

A New Frontier

John Young Leaps Into History

Fender Lovin´ Care

Is Anyone Out There?

The Eagle Is Headed Home

Armstrong, Aldrin, And An American Eagle

Painting Apollo: First Artist On Another World

First Artist On Another World

A Giant Leap

A Most Beautiful Moon

Mother Earth

Jim Irwin, Indomitable Astronaut

Red, White And Blue

An American Success Story

A Fire To Be Lighted

Feelin' Fine

Hello Universe

America's Team...Just The Beginning

Right Stuff Field Geologists

Lone Star

The Hammer And The Feather

Straightening Our Stripes

Moon Rovers

Kissing The Earth

Apollo An Eyewitness Account

Homeward Bound

Reaching For The Stars

Heavenly Reflections

Houston We Have A Problem

In The Beginning...

America's Team Just Beg. 25Th

Conrad Gordon And Bean The Fantasy

In Flight

That's How It Felt To Walk On The Moon

Helping Hands