Bright Morning Star


An epic piece ... of the centre of our Galaxy.

Made up of 18x large format images stitched together; focusing on the Galactic Bar. The 'cloud' of billions of stars that make up the centre of the Milky Way.

Extremely detailed; the asteroid belt out past Mars appears as a black darkness obscuring the stars that are behind. But in the clarity and detail of this piece, they also appear as subtle whisk that weave and twist like mist.

What is most mysterious is how these clouds of astroids tend to all lead and point to the bright star to the top. Lines, from across the breadth of the Milky Way pointing to this cluster of stars. Hence the title, "Bright Morning Star".

The glorious colour and the various tones and shades in the stars in breathtaking. Truly wonderful to see ... 

Limited Edition: 99 only.

Standard sizes: 180x135cm, 160x120cm, 140x105cm, 120x90cm.

Format: Portrait.


Printing and framing:

Limited Edition: Personally signed and numbered limited edition prints of 99, available in standard sizes from 120x95cm to 187x140cm

Printing: Printed with pigment inks on silver-based photographic paper, then mounted under Polycarbonate acrylic glass presenting each image crisp and clear. Most people when first viewing are convinced that they are lit from behind with their inherent 'luminosity'. Polycarbonate is a totally transparent material with very little reflection but is also virtually unbreakable. 

Lighting: People often ask if they should install lighting for the images. And I recommend not to, at least for the first few months. For how the images hold light is simply wonderful. I often refer to them more so as gems or jewels in the way that they hold light. Especially in very low light they become holographic in appearance. And the tones shift as the sun rises and sets ... It is very attractive. But if you do wish to install, perhaps highlight just the midsection with a warm tone light.

Float-frame: Provided on the back of each is an aluminium float-frame. This frame presents the photographs off the wall as if it is floating. It is very elegant. Then included is a matching hanging rail that simply is screwed level onto the wall. And interlocks perfectly with the float-frame providing a totally secure hanging system.

Archival qualities: Pigment inks have incredible archival quality. And combined with the acrylic glass, which is 100% UV resistant, there is no chance of fading or discolouration. The Australian sun is particularly harsh and though I do not recommend continual direct sun all work is guaranteed with a lifetime replacement (as an interior art (starting 2021)).

Investment: The Art is presented as a limited edition collection. And once sold out is finished and complete. No longer available. This creates an investment opportunity, with the work continually increasing in value. And together with their timeless appeal and the archival quality makes for a most attractive investment.

Deliveries are fully insured and guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. Domestic freight charges are included. International freight is sent via Federal Express (TNT) and is priced dependant on sizes (please see at checkout); priced from $30 (50x16cm) - $200 (250x80cm). All orders are freshly made. And after printing are then mounted under the Acrylic Glass. Typical delivery times are 3-4 weeks. Please advise if you seek a priority service.

Cleaning: When cleaning simply use a feather duster. And if necessary use isopropyl alcohol or Mr Sheen with a plain facial tissue.

Contact Ric J Steininger Gallery:

Cairns Gallery
Address: Shop 1 / 1-3 Coondoo Street, 
Kuranda QLD Australia
tel: (+61) 0413 223 847