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Trompe l'oeil

Trompe l'oeil

Trompe l'oeil literally translates from French to mean "fools the eye". Hard to paint, the trompe l'oeil piece requires meticulous attention to detail on the part of the artist. Proper sizing and every detail, nuance of light and gradation of color must be skillfully incorporated in order to make the two-dimensional work appear to be three-dimensional.

Fantastic examples of Trompe l'oeil

Escher

Escher, Relativity - 1953

Relativity

Escher, Square Limit - 1964

Square Limit, 1964

Maurits Cornelis Escher (17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972), usually referred to as M. C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist. He is known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints. These feature impossible constructions, explorations of infinity, architecture, and tessellations.

http://libai.math.ncu.edu.tw/~shann/Teach/liberal/CMW/Escher/impossible.html

Photography

Jean Shrimpton - photograph by David Bailey, 1965

Jean Shrimpton - photographed by David Bailey, 1965

David Royston Bailey, CBE (born 2 January 1938) is regarded as one of the best British photographers. Born in East London, he became a photographic assistant at the John French studio, then photographer for John Cole's Studio Five before being contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue magazine in 1960. Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy, he captured and helped create the 'Swinging London' of the 1960s.

Hands on the beach - photograph by Bill Brandt, 1969

Hands on the beach - photograph by Bill Brandt, 1969

Bill Brandt (born Hermann Wilhelm Brandt, 2 May 1904 – 20 December 1983), was a German-British photographer and photojournalist. Although born in Germany, Brandt moved to England, where he became known for his high-contrast images of British society, his distorted nudes and landscapes, and is widely considered to be one of the most important British photographers of the 20th century.

Sculpture

Orpheus (Maquette 1) by Barbara Hepworth

Orpheus (Maquette 1) by Barbara Hepworth

Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE (10 January 1903 – 20 May 1975) was an English sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism, and with such contemporaries as Ivon Hitchens, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo she helped to develop modern art (sculpture in particular) in Britain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Hepworth
http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives/barbara-hepworth-museum
http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/about/our-journey/

Spider by Louise Joséphine Bourgeois

Spider by Louise Joséphine Bourgeois

Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a renowned French-American artist and sculptor, best known for her contributions to both modern and contemporary art, and for her spider structures, titled Maman, which resulted in her being nicknamed the Spiderwoman. In 2011 one of her Spider works sold for $10.7 million, a new record price for the artist at auction, and the highest price paid for a work by a woman.

She is recognized today as the founder of confessional art.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Bourgeois
http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/louise-bourgeois-2351

Textiles by Michael Brennand-Wood Textiles by Michael Brennand-Wood

Textiles by Michael Brennand-Wood

Michael Brennand-Wood visual artist, curator, lecturer, arts consultant. Is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles. He has occupied a central position in the research, origination and advocacy of Contemporary International Art Textiles.

http://brennand-wood.com/index.html
http://www.62group.org.uk/artist/michael-brennand-wood/

Installation by Jeanette Appleton

Installation by Jeanette Appleton

Jeanette Appleton's international recognition through various projects, as in "Through the Surface", results from exploring the transformation of Fibre and fabric by hand or industrial process. Her recent solo exhibition "Sow:Sew" was developed from a residency at University of Huddersfield and funding from the Arts Council.

http://www.62group.org.uk/artist/jeanette-appleton/
http://www.jeanetteappleton.com/