Artist Gregory Thielker’s series of oil paintings look so realistic that they’re easily mistaken as photographs at first glance!
Thielker’s work is collectively known as “Under the Unminding Sky.” The artist created a total of 18 paintings between 2005 and 2008, and made use of oil paints to depict these scenes on canvas and linen.
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.
Thielker is based in Ewing, New Jersey, and has held a number of exhibitions since the early 2000s. He graduated from the Williams College in Massachusetts in 2002 with a BA in Art History, and accomplished his MFA in Painting three years later at the Washington University in Missouri. He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Art at The College of New Jersey.