Featured artist – Gregory Thielker

Today I have another artist whose work is too good not to post here. Even from his website (http://www.gregorythielker.com/index.html) I can’t get much information on him other than his past exhibitions and that he is based in both Delhi and Washington D.C. His methods are diverse and so are his subjects and themes. From photography to ink or pencil on paper to oil on canvas depicting people and places from personal to discovered.

All his work should be seen – however I have only chosen a select few oil paintings to post here. I respect photorealistic  painters for their patience and their skill but I have always felt it is just an exercise in mimicry – this time consuming way of depicting something that could be captured in a photograph. But some photorealism is different. Some captures scenes and compositions that almost seem impossible to have achieved. Thilker’s series Under the Unminding Sky, for me, achieves the impossible. Be sure to check out his website above.

MassPikeMass Pike

CompleteStopComplete Stop

mcgrathMcGrath Highway

Route7Route 7

VortexVortex

CashOnlyCash Only

From his website here is Thielker’s thoughts on this series:

“These paintings reflect my interest in the way that the road delineates and controls how we experience landscape. From the roadway perspective, we not only travel from one place to another, we see landscape in a varied and complex manner. I use water on the windshield to create a shifting lens for the way we see the environment: it both highlights and obscures our viewing. Perspectives slip and compress, while shapes and colors merge into one another. I also work with relationships between surface and depth, between flatness and illusion. These images are born out of real experience and have a close relationship with the medium of painting: its fluidity, transparency, and capacity for layering, mixing, and blending.”

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