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It’s not uncommon to see artists illustrating scenes from movies, but Gene Guynn differs from his contemporaries by injecting the beauty of the cosmos into these cinema-inspired creations. Viewers must choose what to focus their attention on, the famous and recognizable faces of celebrities or the polychromatic wonders of the night sky. Either way, they’re staring at dazzling pictures of stars.

Gene Guynn is a Los Angeles-based illustrator whose images often halt viewers from activities and forces them to soak in the visual splendor that is his work. Recurrent aspects found in his paintings include realistic looking subjects, depictions of stars and galaxies, vibrantly colored stripes and peculiar prismatic shapes. These elements are enough to warrant audiences’ attention on their own, but putting them together results in a product that’s the very definition of mesmerizing.