"Robot's Dream: The Beginning"

You are looking at an original Dave Archer reverse-glass painting that we have decided to sell. This striking 1987 work is 22 inches tall by 36 inches wide within a sturdy metal frame, a large work full of vibrant color and metallic highlights. This painting is suitable for display as a centerpiece in a greatroom or in a customer lounge at an aerospace or other high-tech business. Museum quality.

This deep-space scene is painted in mixed media on glass, then Dave Archer created the nebulosity and other special effects using Tesla equipment. Amazing technique!

In reverse-glass painting, Dave Archer applies paint to the back side of the glass, which in essence makes the glass his canvas. This is a difficult process that yields effects unparalleled by other painting techniques: vibrant colors, depth of view, even a sense of movement or three dimensions. He mixes media, using a variety of paints and unconventional materials such as metallic powders, crystals, and other substances. Then he hits the mixture with his signature process, using millions of volts of electricity to add nebulosity and other fantastic details to his paintings. Together, these techniques lend an extraterrestrial feel. Viewing Archer's work is like looking through a spaceship porthole into space.

photo from below, trying to avoid flash
I took this photo aiming the camera up at the piece on the wall in an effort to avoid a flash reflection.
The white around it is the wall, as in the other photos, below.

This is an important, experimental Archer work; experimental because it is one of the very rare pieces he created that contain more than just a space scene. The blue lines cutting through the picture, the sub-paintings on the left side and right corners, and the intricate robot-like objects in the side frames are unique among his pieces.

Of course, photos cannot do it justice - note the glare from the flash and the poor contrast. Keep in mind that Archer used reverse-painting and electrical techniques on the back side of the glass, which creates a rich and vibrant live experience but is almost impossible to capture on film because I'm photographing it through that layer of glass. You have to experience the piece in person to get the full effect, but I have tried my best using varied lighting and close-ups to show some of the detail. This is the most beautiful work of art we owned.

photo from straight on with flash to try to reveal detail
I took this photo straight on to try to reveal detail.
Big flash reflection in the middle.


Archer's work is used by NASA, appears on Star Trek television and movie sets, graces many book and magazine covers, and shows up many other places as well. See Archer's other work on his Web site, and to learn more about the artist, check out his biography.

detail showing lower-center of painting
This photo shows detail in the lower-center of the painting.
The colors are amazing, even more lively when viewed with the naked eye, when you can see
metallic tones, furious blends of color, stars and hidden worlds....


This is an intriguing and gorgeous work that inspires astronomers, science-fiction fans, space aficionados, and fine-art lovers. It's also a wonderful conversation-starter, more so even than most of Archer's less-experimental work.

shows detail on lower-left of painting
This photo shows detail in the lower-left side of the painting. Here is where Archer breaks new ground.
You can see some of the left-side detail, which I think represents the robot's memory of his explorations.

In the next photo, below, you can really see how Archer's use of Tesla equipment makes his paintings come to life and like like nothing else in this world. Note the nebulous halo around the large, central planet, how the blue world stands in sharp contrast to the starry background, how the large nebula seems almost organic. (I apologize for the curtain reflection on the right side of this photo.) What you can't see in these photos is how 3-dimensional this technique makes Archer's works appear.

shows detail on right side of painting
This photo shows detail on the right side of the painting, revealing more of Archer's experimental techniques.
This clearly tells more about the robotic explorer - his internal design? His method of remembering his explorations?

Questions or comments? Also, feel free to contact me via email.

this detail shows planets and a nebula
This photo shows detail in the center of the painting, including many planets, stars, and a nebula.
I've said it before and will say it again: A photo is a poor way to reveal the wonder contained in this piece of art.
Come visit us for a personal showing!

This piece packs into the original padded, wooden crate for safe storage and transport. Original paperwork and the artist's signature is attached to the back.

detail showing painting middle
This photo shows more details in the center of the painting.
The large world appears to be gold leaf and gold paint, but knowing Archer's unique style, it could be anything!

We sold this painting (yes, it is sold: Thank you, Aaron!) at less than our original cost.

Click this photo to see a movie of Dave Archer using his Tesla painting equipment in Windows Media Player Archer sends electrical arcs through paint to create his masterpieces
This photo at left shows Dave Archer at work. Click that photo to see a movie of Dave Archer using his Tesla painting equipment.
The photo at right captures Archer sending electrical arcs through paint, which is how he creates his masterpieces.

no flash
I took this photo without flash to show a little different detail.

info on back info on back
These photos show the documentation attached to the back of the painting.

































































Thanks for looking! I hope you enjoyed this little art show.


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