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Trompe l'oeil
May 26, 2009 12:21 PM   Subscribe

The amazing wall murals of John Pugh.
posted by Chocolate Pickle (17 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
second link down already?
posted by fuzzypantalones at 12:28 PM on May 26, 2009


Wow really amazing stuff. I wish we had some of those around Toronto.

Also second link works on and off for me.
posted by Sargas at 12:30 PM on May 26, 2009


Some hate on Damien Hirt and Tracey Emin in the comments. Deserved? Possibly
posted by mkb at 12:46 PM on May 26, 2009


Wow.

And I had no idea there was a Global Mural Conference held in Twentynine Palms, of all odd places.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:53 PM on May 26, 2009


Holy cow, that's cool!
posted by marginaliana at 1:08 PM on May 26, 2009


Another reminder that I have no talent. Thanks!
posted by futureisunwritten at 1:24 PM on May 26, 2009


Amazing.
posted by Devils Slide at 2:00 PM on May 26, 2009


sidewalk equivalent (by now everyboy probably already saw this 20 times, but just in case)
posted by ddaavviidd at 2:04 PM on May 26, 2009


These are great, but whose mom added this line to the email chain: "Fire crews rushed to save the children from the mighty wave - before realising it was an optical illusion."
posted by katillathehun at 2:32 PM on May 26, 2009


Man, I've had Pugh's site bookmarked for about 6 months meaning to make a post out of it. Never got around to it obviously. Thanks for reminding me about him.
posted by dead cousin ted at 5:15 PM on May 26, 2009


I wonder how these look from different angles. Do they somehow adapt to whatever vantage point you view them from, or does the effect disappear when you don't stand in exactly the right place?
posted by decagon at 6:54 PM on May 26, 2009


The fire brigade comment is the the old "fruit so real it fooled the birds" canard: people have been saying that about super-realist paintings for thousands of years, and it's never been true.

Wonderful witty uses of tromp d'oie, though.
posted by jrochest at 7:28 PM on May 26, 2009


When the FPP said "amazing wall murals" I knew I would be linked to some trompe l'oeil work. Not that I wouldn't mind seeing a few more of these around town...but I would like to see the word "amazing" linked to "aesthetically brilliant, strangely compelling, and sui generis" paintings as well.
posted by kozad at 9:15 PM on May 26, 2009


Main picture in first link is from my home town!
posted by Araucaria at 9:41 PM on May 26, 2009


Some hate on Damien Hirt and Tracey Emin in the comments. Deserved? Possibly

Why? One is a conceptual artist, the other uses textiles to create art based on her own experiences. I agree that these are amazing, but it's a different type of art - it's like giving me stilton and brie and asking me which is best.
posted by mippy at 3:42 AM on May 27, 2009 [1 favorite]


This guy's work smokes. I'm a painter, and believe me, what's he's doing is a really tough thing to pull off. Great post.

The fact that Hirst and Emin were even mentioned is annoying.
posted by Hickeystudio at 1:34 PM on May 27, 2009


The thing that makes me sad is that most of them will be vandalized within 6 months.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:55 PM on May 27, 2009


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