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Celebrating Illustration, Design, Cartoon and Comic Art of the Mid-20th Century

Denver Gillen, Landscape Painter

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Denver Gillen is another mid-century illustrator whose work I have always admired. Gillen often incorporated compelling, atmospheric and distinctively stylized landscapes in his illustrations.

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Gillen was a favourite of sport fishing and hunting magazine editors, creating many interior illustrations and covers.

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Because Gillen himself had no interest in hunting, he consciously focused on the grace and nobility of the animals in his illustrations...

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... and of course, looking beyond the subject matter, we see once again Gillen's beautifully realized landscapes.

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Other artists might find tricks or shortcuts to represent the background landscape in their work as a symbolic prop. But even when creating textbook illustrations like the one below (which Gillen's daughter told me he found tedious to do) he cut no corners.

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Later in his life, after moving to Mexico to semi-retire, Gillen created remarkable gallery paintings celebrating the people and landscapes of his adopted home.

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4 comments

  1. I like it very much

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  2. Great landscapes, alright. I almost get a "Group of 7" vibe from some of them, especially a Lawren Harris feel to the mountains in the first image.

    As always, thanks, Leif!

    Huw
    EYECATCHER

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  3. Most compelling: landscape painting at it's best!
    The "Timber Thieves", for instance. Caught so well, the view from the cool shadows of a forest verge looking out at a sun-beat landscape.

    Another great series here.

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  4. It's all picture are awesome and selection and collection is color,places and color combination is well. Exterior house painting

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