Sunday, March 20, 2011

Trompe L’oeil: Incredible 3D Wall Art by John Pugh

3d-wall-mural-wave-hawaii-by-john-pughPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh

Artist John Pugh specializes in ‘trompe l’oeil’, which means ‘trick of the eye’ art. John however, adds another dimension to his work… a third dimension (ba-doom ching)! Internationally-known, Pugh’s work can be seen from New Zealand to Hawaii. And why is the California-based artist so popular?
“It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually ticked” – John says.
With that, prepare to be delighted!! :D
3d-wall-art-by-john-pughPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
example-of-trompe-loeil-by-john-pughPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
“Once captivated by the illusion, the viewer is lured to cross an artistic threshold and thus seduced into exploring the concept of the piece.”
“I have also found that by creating architectural illusion that integrates with the existing environment both optically and aesthetically, the art transcends the “separateness” that public art sometimes produces.”
trick-of-the-eye-artPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
john-pugh-incredible-3d-wall-artPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
“It is important for me, as an artist, to interact with the community, formulating concepts based upon a multitude of viewpoints.”
“Artists must be continually aware that their work can serve as a bridge between diverse cultural backgrounds.”
3d-trmope-loeil-wall-artPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
3dimensional-wall-mural-artPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
“Public art is a very powerful form of communication. It can link people together, stimulate a sense of pride within the community, and introduce the viewer to new ideas and perspectives.”
“When developing a mural, I also respond to aspects of the location such as its architectural style or the natural surroundings.”
3d-street-art-by-john-pughPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
3d-wall-mural-artPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
3d-mural-by-john-pughPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
“Often, I like to play with the art’s context by contrasting these environments with another place and/or time.”
“This paradox or juxtaposition of environments transports the viewer on a journey from local reality into a new space.”
“During this “voyage”, the viewer may experience sequential discoveries as my compositions are designed to unfold in narrative layers.”
john-pugh-street-artPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
trick-of-the-eye-3d-artPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
john pugh trompe loeil muralPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
- John Pugh’s art studio is nestled in the upper peaks of the Santa Cruz mountains just south of San Francisco and west of San Jose
- Here, amidst sheep and llama pastures, meadows and stands of redwoods, aspen and laurel, the pastoral paintings of Franz Marc or the music of Claude Debussy might easily be invoked
- Wildflowers are in bloom almost all year round and banana slugs dot the landscape
- The studio itself has become a haven for apprentices and master painters alike. Pot lucks and informal roundtable discussions have helped create an important center for artists
amazing-trompe-loeil-3d-artPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
amazing-3d-muralPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
3d-muralPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
amazing-trompe-loeilPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
amazing-3d-wall-art-john-pughPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh
artist-john-pugh-paintingPhotograph and artwork by John Pugh

Here’s a short documentary for those interested in learning more about John and trompe l’oeil:


  1. What actually amazes the people more are those illusions that are brought in mostly 3d wall arts. They are amazing.

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  3. That's an awesome video. I simply loved how they show 3d art.
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