Artist John Pugh is used to people’s amazed reactions when they pass his epic architectural murals. John is a trompe l’oeil artist (trick of the eye) meaning he paints incredibly realistic scenes that delude the viewer into a seeing a 3D scene painted on a flat surface. “They say ‘wow did you see that . I thought that was real’,” said John, from California who works on a large scale on public and residential areas. “These life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. “It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked.” John’s works can be seen all over the world from New Zealand to Hawaii and each piece tells a story of the area they are positioned.
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