Most of the space porn we come across is constructed from recorded images of objects in space. But painter Erik Olson prefers to interpret our solar system through his own lens, rendering our celestial neighbors with oil on canvas.

Olson's painting also step outside our solar system, with quasars, nebulae, and more. It's interesting to see objects that are so familiar from photographs in oil, which is such a textured medium—especially when it comes to his painting of Mars. Check out the rest at his website.

Space [Erik Olson via Geek Art Gallery]