Many of us have seen a bunch of paintings depicting numerous landscapes, especially mountains, using countless methods. But the next artist we are about to present uses a visual trick that has been perfected in both small and larger-scale paintings over the last few years. When looking at Swiss painter Conrad Jon Godly’s mountainous paintings, it takes a moment to truly appreciate the incredible skill behind what seems to be such an effortless application of paint. Up close the landscapes appear to be a thick, almost random mix of blue, white and black, the result oils mixed with turpentine to create a thick impasto that Godly often leaves dripping from the canvas. Take a few steps back and miraculously you might as well be looking at a photograph of the Swiss Alps.

This remarcable artist was born in Davos, Switzerland and studied as a painter at the Basel School of Art from 1982 until 1986. For 18 years afterwards he shot photos as a professional photographer. Godly spent his career capturing the latest fashions for well-known magazines, but over time he noticed a continual loss of passion for his work until he was confronted with deep existential questions about his work. He loved painting and yearned to return to his fine art roots, so he decided to follow his passion and left his role as a photographer in 2006 to seek solace among the mountains of Chur, Switzerland.

Unlike other artist, he chose to paint mountains for a particular reason.To Godly, the mountains represent power, spirituality, and imperishable magnificence. His fascination and source of strength has guided his subject matter; in an effort to capture the grandeur, he employs brushed oils and turpentine into a thick impasto, resulting in physical and perceptual depth. The texture of his gestural strokes begs similarity to the natural weathering of rock, while his restricted palette adds spatial definition and boldness to the abstracted landscapes. It’s like as you are looking at the painting, the mountains come alive and leave the frames behind, rising magestically.