Tag Archives: landscape

Philip Govedare – Excavation paintings


Landscapes, along with portraits and still lifes are the holy grail of traditional painting. So to see a classic format using the same tools but so obviously created in a more modern fashion seems like a revelation. Mapping man’s persuasion on his terrain, Philip Govedare‘s series entitled Excavation, takes a macro approach to it’s landscapes – giant, sweeping washes of color that appear almost like abstract color studies at first, are in fact attempts to showcase the enormity of our destruction and ability to reform our world to our whims. What I found most impressive is the perspective, as if you are peering down from an airliner in mid-flight, thousands and thousands of feet above the ground, a view earlier landscape artists never had the pleasure of knowing.

See more of Philip Govedare’s artwork here.

Marco Suarez – Landscapes

Really beautiful landscapes, well composed, shot and framed by Marco Suarez. A series of these would look amazing in my apartment, like looking out of port holes from a zeppelin or a time machine. I may have to appropriate this technique for some of my own nature photography.

More images by Marco Suarez here.

Sea Hyun Lee – Between Red

Hand painted crimson landscapes sit starkly on an ocean of negative space in these pieces, from the Between Red series, by Korean artist Sea Hyun Lee. I really love the obvious nods to centuries old Asian landscape traditions, but reimagined in these monochromatic collage-esque colorscapes.

See more from the Between Red series here.

Dorian Gourg – Adahy

Geometric shapes living in a vast landscape are so “now” in graphic design/art circles, that it takes a lot for me to sit up and really take notice when someone adds a new dimension to something so in vogue. Dorian Gourg does just that, in his series entitled Adahy, taking his own photos (shot during trips through both the Southwest and South America) and applies complex filters and abstractions, overlaying patterns, textures and yes, geometric shapes to create a sort of visual language with obvious nods to both the present and tribal decorations of native Americans, Incans and Aztecs. There’s an alien/hieroglyphic aspect to this project that also really appeals to me, as if Dorian is attempting to visualize a subconscious puzzle or dream -induced labyrinth.

See more of Adahy here.

Boston Big Picture – SW Florida


Piggybacking nicely on the recent post I did on suburban sprawl as captured by photographer Stephen Zirwes, Boston.com’s Big Picture is showcasing a wonderful collection of google-earth landscapes of SW Florida. The shapes created by these subdivisions, some dense, others mere ghost towns, are fascinating. Some are rigid and symmetrical, stripping the earth of any sense of natural composition, while others tend to mimic their surroundings in curious, sanitized reductions. Pretty amazing.

See the whole set here.

Tim Simmons – Rock Pools

British photographer Tim Simmons portfolio landed in my inbox, and his RockPool collection instantly struck me. Completed in 2008, RockPool is a set of photographs of bodies of water inside caves. Using reflections and artificial light sources, he creates otherworldly landscapes, often giving the impression the images are of night-time mountain ranges and vast lakes.

Visit Tim Simmons’ portfolio here.

Bruno Cals – Beguiling Horizons

Bruno Cals, a Brazilian photographer, has a new series entitled Beguiling Horizons. The images are straight-up photographs of some of the world’s most interesting facades, transforming them into bizarre landscapes. In my spare time I take images like this as well, and I appreciate Bruno’s careful consideration of clouds and lighting in his work. His Beguiling Horizons series is currently showing at the 1500 Gallery in NYC.

See more of his series here.

Via Architects Newspaper blog.