A close-up detail of Internment Camp, showing the detail in the Trompe L'oiel work. (click to enlarge)

Trompe L'oeil

Style of representation in which a painted object is intended to deceive the viewer into believing it is the object itself. First employed by the ancient Greeks, trompe l'oeil was also popular with Roman muralists. Since the early Renaissance, European painters have used trompe l'oeil to create false frames from which the contents of still lifes or portraits seemed to spill and to paint windowlike images that appeared to be actual openings in a wall or ceiling. 



"Trompe L'oeil, or 'fool the eye painting,' solicits a place in me wanting to state the truth by being a visual detailed liar.

Trompe L'oeil is fun to paint, most of the time. It is difficult at times to execute a piece, but in the end, a painting will resolve itself.

I have been practicing 'fool the eye painting' for 35 years. I still need to practice."

--Ron McIntosh