THE HILLS ARE ALIVE-David Wilcken

Mountains have been a source of inspiration to artists for centuries. The theme of this gallery centers around mountains or more specifically how artists interpret and paint the naturally formed peaks and valleys. These 10 pieces showcase how a hand-full of artists were able to capture spatial perspective in its raw form. 

Two artists collaborated to make this piece. One artist specializing in landscapes and the other being a figure painter. This piece displays an excellent use of contrast between the dark mountain and shaded valleys compared to the light colors of clouds and sky. By using this contrast the piece shows spatial perspective.
This piece is covered with heavy textures that are formed from the multiple layers of oil paint. The waves and the clouds give this mountain scene a feeling of movement. While this picture doesn't appear 3 dimensional the texture combined with the contrast of dark and light colors give this piece a sense of spatial perspective.
This piece is an excellent example of spatial perspective. In the foreground there is series of buildings that give way to the large mountain looming in the background. The small boat on the lake also aids in letting the viewer judge distances and get a feel of just how big the mountain is.
This painting is another great example of spatial perspective. The contrast is slight between the peaks and valleys, but the viewer can still make out distinct shapes that give the illusion of looking across a valley. Also lending to the illusion is the distance mountains.
This painting while is very simple and almost two dimensional the viewer can still gain a sense of spacial perspective. The mountain top appear to be small islands floating above the clouds and it is the clouds themselves that lend the spacial perspective, getting smaller in the background. The angel flying in the foreground also adds to the illusion by giving the viewer a size to reference the rest of the painting to.
The main thing in this painting that gives the viewer a sense of spacial perspective is vastness of the highlands compared to the shepherd herding his sheep in the foreground. Even the small details ranging from the small flowers to the lake and clouds gives the viewer a sense of perspective.
Out of all pieces in this gallery, this is probably the hardest for a viewer to get a sense of spacial perspective. The painting at first glance appears to not have any dimension. Upon closer inspection of the hills in the top left corner the painting shows a series of mountain ranges fading into the distance. This helps the viewer get a sense of spacial perspective.
The sense of spacial perspective is evident in the first glance at this painting. The people working-painting in the foreground of this painting combined with the contrasting colors of the mountain in the background gives the viewer a sense of the magnitude of the mountains. Also the find details of the trees and buildings in the center distance aids in the illusion as well.
This painting is simply white lines over a black background. Yet the contrast of colors and the spacing between the lines gives this painting a topographical feel and gives the viewer the illusion of looking at a three dimensional rendering of a mountain landscape. The butterfly also aids in the illusion of spacial perspective by allowing the user to change focus.
This painting depicts fleeing survivors of a massacre climbing mountains. The people can be seen in the center climbing over a ridge. That ridge with the contrasting colors around it give a spacial sense of rough and rugged terrain, almost as if there is a drop off in the center of the valley.
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