Stephen Hawking, Rama Samkari, digital, 2018

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14 Mar 2018 19:35 - +5206
You painted that really fast
14 Mar 2018 18:34 - +1422
Fly high high
14 Mar 2018 20:06 - +1319
Floating up from the bottom of a lake or alien abduction? You decide Edit: had not heard the news. First post I see today. RIP.
14 Mar 2018 20:59 - +1151
From space dust we come, to space dust we go. This is such a beautiful tribute, and here's hoping that he teams up with Carl Sagan, Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton to go beat up Thomas Edison.
14 Mar 2018 19:59 - +785
Stephen Hawking was my 9 year old nephews hero. Seriously. This kid idolized him and spoke nothing but him everyday at school to his teachers and friends. Anyways, my sister texted me me a bit ago after she broke the news to him and she said it went like this: “I went and told Chandler. He sat there and had a soft smile. Some tears came out and and he gave me a big hug. He said, he doesn't need the wheelchair anymore. And wiped his tears .” This image is perfect for my nephew and will be sending it to him when he wakes up.
14 Mar 2018 19:23 - +690
This is really, really lovely.
14 Mar 2018 20:50 - +639
What was even better is that he did get to dance in zero gravity when he was alive.
14 Mar 2018 19:29 - +442
That's really beautiful, i love how this man has captured the hearts of so many people, you just have to look at /r/all/ today
14 Mar 2018 20:54 - +267
Really? This is how I find out that Dr. Hawking died?...damn
14 Mar 2018 20:34 - +210
There’s a Starman waiting the sky.
14 Mar 2018 20:49 - +153
Honestly not trying to troll...but I don't think Mr. Hawking believed in anything that would involve him ascending to anywhere. Still a nice picture and sentiment though.
14 Mar 2018 20:37 - +107
Godspeed Mr. Hawking. The Earth is a better place for you having been here and this picture encapsulates the feelings of a whole world that hopes you have gone on to a better place.
14 Mar 2018 20:53 - +79
14 Mar 2018 20:34 - +78
You have no idea how high I can fly.
14 Mar 2018 21:18 - +42
As an atheist, I’m a shamed to be associated with a lot of these commenters. If this is how the artist wishes to show their respect and appreciation of Mr. Hawking, then I have no problem with it. Stephen Hawking did not believe in a God, yes, but he certainly did not believe in being an asshole.
14 Mar 2018 20:26 - +40
Beautiful but Stephen Hawking was an atheist so I’m not sure he’d conceptually approve.
14 Mar 2018 20:43 - +35
leave it to humanity Stephen, to do shity art for publicity hours after your death, rip.
14 Mar 2018 21:10 - +33
Except he didn't use that kinda chair eh? A cynical mind might suggest that a semi relevant image has been used for some karma whoring?
14 Mar 2018 20:56 - +27
Meanwhile, /r/Art reaches new lows
14 Mar 2018 20:53 - +27
If this artist really cared, they wouldn't be plugging their brand on his fucking wheelchair.
14 Mar 2018 20:45 - +23
Not even well done but better cash in on that dead karma!
14 Mar 2018 20:39 - +20
That's gorgeous bro. Brilliant color pallet :D
14 Mar 2018 21:12 - +20
Honestly this seems kinda disrespectful to his views but he's dead so he can't really object to it anymore.
14 Mar 2018 21:09 - +19
He appears to have been an atheist. I doubt he would approve of the implication that his death freed him. He fought very hard to stay alive and keep contributing at a very high level. I'll eat the downvotes on this. I think it's in poor taste and I don't like it.
14 Mar 2018 21:25 - +19
This isn't Stephen Hawking. Look at the wheelchair, the glasses, the hair, the body in general. Even though it's only a silhouette you can still tell it looks nothing like him. This pretty clearly just a painting of a disabled person escaping their wheelchair, which is fine but trying to play it off as Stephen hawking for karma right after he dies is pretty shitty
14 Mar 2018 21:10 - +18
Nice to see people aren't missing the opportunity to profit from this man's death...
14 Mar 2018 20:27 - +15
That's.. that's incredibly lovely. Thank you for this beautiful piece of art that you provided so quickly. I think it provides us with the adequate emotions to think in honour of Stephen Hawking today
14 Mar 2018 21:47 - +14
Ah yes, because Stephen Hawking was well known for his long flowing hair, thick-rimmed glasses, and manually powered wheelchair.
14 Mar 2018 21:14 - +10
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”
14 Mar 2018 21:52 - +9
OMG is that how he died? Someone pushed him into a tacky magenta lake that looks like a shitty watercolour where he eventually drowned in mediocrity? Who would do such a thing?
14 Mar 2018 21:01 - +9
Good thing there wasn’t a stairway to heaven
14 Mar 2018 21:04 - +9
I didnt realise he drowned.
14 Mar 2018 21:41 - +8
He was an atheist, not believing in anything beyond dead Still very nice
14 Mar 2018 20:59 - +8
I thought he was a profound atheist though?
14 Mar 2018 22:01 - +7
Trying to get free internet points over someone's death... good job OP
14 Mar 2018 21:11 - +7
Nice art work. Stephen Hawking didn’t believe in god or heaven.
14 Mar 2018 21:08 - +6
I find it ironic. To be consistent with his materialist beliefs you should have painted his dead carcass decaying into bacteria fodder.
14 Mar 2018 20:55 - +6
Man I feel really sad without really knowing him but just reading about him.
14 Mar 2018 20:59 - +5
I really hope there's some cosmic afterlife.
14 Mar 2018 21:07 - +5
Thank you for this. It's beautiful in every way
14 Mar 2018 20:57 - +5
That’s absolutely beautiful.
14 Mar 2018 21:04 - +4
Thank you Stephen Hawking for not only teaching us about the universe but for being an inspiration to all of us.
14 Mar 2018 21:52 - +3
Such a coincidence that it's also PI day.
14 Mar 2018 22:07 - +3
I saw somebody on Twitter who got mad at a piece of art like this because they said that depicting the dead Hawking as able to walk was ableist.
14 Mar 2018 21:42 - +3
Can't help but think this evokes "The Great Gig in the Sky" by Pink Floyd
14 Mar 2018 22:41 - +3
This is stunning! Such a thoughtful way to pay respects and remind everyone that he is now one with the cosmos!
14 Mar 2018 23:12 - +3
"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." "I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. [...] We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful." Stephen Hawking
14 Mar 2018 21:12 - +3
I really hope he wanted his ashes sent into space like Sagan.

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