The origin of Trompe-l’oeil is French. The word translates to “deceive the eye.” It originated in the Baroque period, introducing the illusion of 3D images in art. Artists from Greece and Rome would paint murals on walls in order to create the illusion of a larger room – windows, hallways, doors, and other optical illusions. It is said that a Greek artist painted such a surprisingly realistic illusion of grapes that birds actually flew down to it and tried to eat the grapes! In addition to paintings and murals, there is a large history of trompe-l’oeil completed on vaulted ceilings, such as the masterpiece seen in the Jesuit Church in Vienna. This art form is not limited to walls, ceilings, and canvas, however. You can find intricate forms of trompe-l’oeil on tables, doors, chests, and other types of furniture.
I have been commissioned to create numerous forms of Trompe-l’oeil throughout the years, from paintings to murals on walls and ceilings. What makes this art form unique is its ability to “open” a room by creating the illusion of space. When I paint a mural on a wall in Trompe-l’oeil, it is not just a painting – it is art that creates the illusion of reality. Perhaps, for example, a wall that depicts a vineyard with a beautiful trellis opening into a field of grassy, rolling hills – a wall that appears you can walk right into it and visit the vineyard. Paintings in Trompe-l’oeil can create illusions of sculptures, open fields, windows, doors, underwater illusions, and much more. With the use of Trompe-l’oeil, I can turn your home or office into a dreamscape of your choosing. Contact me to learn more about 3D art, optical illusion art, and trompe-l’oeil!