Friday, July 22, 2016

The Art of Illusion

oil on wood, 50 x 50 cm

The art of illusionistic painting, otherwise known as trompe l'oeil (trick the eye), has a long history. There are a number of paintings by artists throughout the centuries depicting the rear of a canvas and this is one of four versions I've painted, but the only one I've done on wood. 

I've always found it a magical experience when tubes of sticky coloured substances called paints seem to be transformed into other materials or textures. An achievement realised through feel rather than skill and observation.