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Trompe l'oeil

Any other fans of trompe l'oeil out there?

I love the work of John Pugh, master of the art style called "narrative illusionism."

Take a look:

I have seen the one in Winslow, Arizona in person.

Lots more examples of his work can be found on his website at:





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Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
The church of Sant'Ignazio in Rome is famous for its trompe l'oeil ceiling paintings, both in the nave and the 'dome' over the crossing. The nave is particularly impressive— it is as if the church is open unto the heavens, displaying a vision of glorious Catholic domination spread over the four corners of the earth.
Sep. 6th, 2015 01:46 am (UTC)
One of the most beautiful churches in Rome, if not the world.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:51 pm (UTC)
"It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford
Slowing down to take a look at me."

Thanks for sharing.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
Tromp l'oeil Chicago
There are some great examples of the style here in Chicago done by Richard Haas in homage to the Chicago School of architecture. Check them out when you next have the chance.

On an unrelated note, I was just up at Bear Mountain for a wedding (my first time there). Looking at the view, and some of the place names, I couldn't help but wonder...did you pull any inspiration from that area?
Sep. 2nd, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
Woah, they are AMAZING, especially the first.
Wish I could see them in RL, too!
Sep. 2nd, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
Looks really cool
Sep. 2nd, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
Love tromp l'oeil!
I used to live on Manhattan's upper east side near this building:

That's not a great shot of it - it's much more realistic if you're looking at it - but 'twas the best I could find online. I don't think that I've seen any of Pugh's work, but I do now have The Eagles stuck in my head. ;)
Sep. 2nd, 2015 09:15 pm (UTC)
A related topic I love is pareidolia, which is explained best via a quick Google Images search: https://goo.gl/vH39Kk

It's fun seeing how images can play tricks with the mind.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
A related topic I love is pareidolia, where the mind makes faces out of unrelated inanimate objects. I'm not sure I can post links on here, but it's fun to run the term through a Google Images search.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh my, those are quite wonderful!
Sep. 2nd, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)
Trompe l'oeil
Finally a Notablog post about artwork! Believe it or not, I have been waiting for one of these.

First, I do love some Trompe l'oeil. It is one of the things that got me interested in art when I was younger. I love the ones painted on streets or sidewalks like this...

Now, to the question I've been dying to ask...

I'm a painter myself. Most of my works are figurative, open ended narratives. I think I do fairly well in the gallery scene with my paintings, but as a long time fan of fantasy and science fiction I've always wanted to try my hand at painting a scene or two from an author's work.

Fantasy and SciFi art were the first things I started really getting into drawing when I was a kid. I bought D&D sets just so I could look through the artwork and I'd stare at Boris Vallejo's Conan ladies for days.

My question is, how does an artist start off getting together with an author to depict a scene? When you weren't a rock star of the fiction world, what would the best way to get in touch with you about trying to paint something have been? Are things handled differently now that ASoIaF is so popular? Do other author's have different ways of handling this or is it all pretty much the same? Can I just send you an awesome painting to enjoy? Haha.

By the way, I absolutely love that one of the things you insisted on for the World book was that it be rich with artwork. As an ASoIaF fan, I would have bought it regardless, but can I just say that the artwork makes me absolutely love it. Now for an illuminated manuscript version of AGoT...

Edited at 2015-09-02 10:44 pm (UTC)
Mario Perez Buil
Sep. 2nd, 2015 10:44 pm (UTC)
Muy padre
Great art , I hope you can see them in person.
Sep. 2nd, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
Amazing artist!
I am glad whenever John Pugh receives some well-deserved international recognition. He has painted some beautiful murals around the area (I live in Palo Alto) and many of his works are "minor" in terms of scale but undeniably meaningful. I am happy that you like his work!

Thanks for publishing this, George!
Sep. 3rd, 2015 02:29 am (UTC)
I see that Pugh does have some work around here, but the charming trompe l'oeil wall paintings on the streets of Palo Alto, though, are the work of Greg Brown. I always enjoy walking by these.
Palo Alto - chrismireya - Sep. 4th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 3rd, 2015 01:05 am (UTC)
Have you seen he work of Hiraku Cho, a Japanese body painting artist who does bizarre and wonderful body-based trompe l'oiel? A quick imaage search on their name brings up lots of examples, including zippers on arms and backs, buttons on the back an eyes in hands.
Sep. 3rd, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
The building with the columns inside appears the be the one on the campus of California State University, Chico, and I attended at least one class in it when I went to university there (graduated 1988). It's not even the only such painting in Chico.
Sarah Martherus
Sep. 3rd, 2015 05:54 am (UTC)
Sadly the building that painting was on (Taylor Hall, where I spent much of my time at Chico State) has been torn down and is in the process of being rebuilt. But I heard the artist agreed to come back and repaint it!
Sep. 3rd, 2015 02:07 am (UTC)
Oooh, love that kind of art! Saw a great one, painted on a street, very elaborate "underground" detail. People looked afraid to walk near it! I'll see if I can locate an image for you. If you haven't seen it already.
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