FOR SOME YEARS, John Pugh has been a master of trompe l’oeil, an art form used to trick the eyes into perceiving painted detail as a three-dimensional object.
My lovely bride, Julia, shared these photos of Pugh’s paintings with me a few weeks ago—and I have finally found time to share them with you. Enjoy!
Main Street, Los Gatos, CA. Even the woman peering into the ruin is part of the mural.
Taylor Hall, California State University, Chico, CA. The Doric-style columns are actually nothing but paint.
This mural in Honolulu took two months of studio work to plan and another six months to execute with the help
of 11 other artists. Featured are Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands,
and Duke Kahanamoku, the ultimate father of surfing.
This mural at the Cafe Trompe L’oeil, San Jose, CA , is entitled “Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life.”
This customer doesn’t leave at closing time—she’s part of the painting.
Twenty-nine Palms, CA. ” Valentine ” the bull and a patient buzzard are waiting for the artist to awake.
Again, they are all part of the art!
‘Bay in a Bottle,’ Santa Cruz, CA. The passer-by is part of the mural.
“Slowin’ Down to Take a Look” in Winslow, Arizona. Included, of course, is “a girl, my Lord,
in a flat bed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”