Oh Boy, How I Love Trompe L'Oeil
Things aren't always as they seem and that's what makes trompe l'oeil - good trompe l'oeil - so cool. There are a lot of examples around that are really just decoration and aren't tricking the eye at all. All of these here appear to be real at first glance, and with some you can't even tell what's real and what's not. Now that's good trompe l'oeil.
Julian Beever is an amazing UK pavement artist whose realism with chalk is just astounding - how he creates that kind of perspective I have no idea - and then it's all washed away by the rain. You can see his work here.
These range from public works to private commissions in the home. I so wanted to have one done on the stupid brick wall our kitchen faces, which was in front of a higher brick wall! But we've bought a house and we're moving so I don't have to worry about that anymore. Still, I'd love to create something in the bathroom - see below. (That sounded weird.)
By Deborah Bowness
In Agde, France
French Faience trompe l'oeil dishes
The back of the Flat Iron building in Toronto
This is the front: