The windy city, Chicago, sees its fair share of rainy days, today is definitely one of them. Looking at these images is a sure way to spark some creativity into your life for the day. Enjoy!
I love Gregory Thielker’s awe-inspiring oil paintings which explore the sensation of seeing through a car windshield while driving through the rain. His paintings are so realistic, at first I had a hard time believing they are paintings and not photographs. You can almost feel the wet and cold weather! Gregory’s paintings seem to transport us into another time and place. Thielker wants us to experience those moments when we’re driving in our car on a cold and rainy day. He wants us to remember the thoughts that go through our heads, how on one hand we feel safe and warm but on the other we’re trying to navigate through an uncertain environment.
Gregory Thielker was born in New Jersey in 1979 and he currently lives and works in Watertown, Massachusetts. He studied art history and studio art at Williams College before training in painting at Washington University in St. Louis. Moving to Boston was an important but familiar change that allowed him to refocus his interests on views the urban landscape.
Gregory Thielker on his rainy windshield paintings,
“My most recent paintings and drawings explore the sensation of seeing from a car while driving through the rain. I am fascinated with the constantly changing, yet particular landscapes seen from the car and also the way that the water on the windshield interacts with that landscape. The water creates a shifting lens for the way we see the environment- 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 works 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. I draw upon a lineage of painters from Caspar David Friedrich to Gerhard Richter.
The paintings themselves are compiled from hundreds of photographs taken while driving in rainstorms with the windshield wipers turned off. While these moments are commonly ignored or deemed a necessary part of reaching our desired destination, they are powerfully charged with weather, light, and color- all experienced at a great velocity. This combination of speed and subdued calm, as the world goes past, creates a kind of transcendental moment that I hope to tap into with the fluidity of the painting medium.”
Check out his website for more images, here!