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.
“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.”
- 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