In The Cosmic Dance, renowned image alchemist Stephen Ellcock presents a panglobal collection of remarkable, arresting, and surprising images drawn from the entire history of art to explore the ancient belief that the cosmos is reflected in all living things. Organized thematically, the visual journey begins with the microscopic, the particulate and the elemental; then explores the human body as a cosmos in miniature, the beauty of divine proportions and our search for spiritual enlightenment; before finally reveling in the colossal, the celestial, and the infinite.
An eloquent introduction provides an overview of the central themes and expert commentaries introduce each section. Detailed captions accompanying select images provide bitesize information on key concepts—from the golden ratio to the Tree of Life and the body politic— while thought-provoking quotations and poems interspersed throughout the artworks prompt a closer, more personal engagement with the images.
This stunning treasury of artworks provides the perfect guide to a deeper contemplation of the world around us, allowing readers, in the words of William Blake, to “see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.”
Stephen Ellcock is, simply put, one of the most important figures in the art world.
— Stefan Simchowitz, art collector, art curator, and art advisor
Stephen, whoever you are …I love every picture you’ve posted. Everyone should follow you.
— Jerry Saltz, Pulitzer Prizeâwinning author and art critic for
"An inspirational tour de force of physical and metaphysical wonders [and] a veritable wunderkammen, this handsomely designed physical volume…brings the vastness of Ellcock's curated, mind-expanding universe down to earth… He has indeed come close to making sense of our collective chaos through his kind of spiritual insight… If the pictures do not alter your senses, the writing will… Essential for the wanna-be visionary—or put another way, The Cosmic Dance is the safest acid trip you'll ever take."
— Steven Heller Print
Stephen Ellcock is a London-based online collector and curator of images, as well as a writer and researcher who spends most of his time creating an ever-expanding virtual museum on Facebook and Instagram. His ongoing project to create the ultimate social media Cabinet of Curiosities has so far attracted more than 390,000 followers from around the world and increasing media attention. He is the author of All Good Things, The Book of Change, and England on Fire.