Posts tagged with ‘trompe l’œil’

Trompe l’œil – When it Feels Blissful to be Fooled

An Interview with Sharon Moody

When a series of Sharon Moody’s artworks were exhibited earlier this year it earned critical acclaim, but not without creating quite a bit of clamour, ironically for the same reason. The series was dedicated to the Classic Comic Books and their rolled, folded and yellowed pages. The work was too perfect to have gone unnoticed. For the same reason, it reignited an old controversy about the ethos of such photorealistic depiction of comic books with their original characters and storylines without an explicit mentioning of the names of the comic artists. Experienced connoisseurs of art may have had a feeling of déjà vu here. Years ago none other than Roy Lichtenstein found himself confronting such questions when he exhibited Whaam! in 1963. Interestingly, many of today’s critics like comparing Sharon Moody’s art to that of Lichtenstein’s, notwithstanding the fact that the latter was a representative of pop art done at a different time and place.

Sharon Moody was born in Florida, but spent much of her time in North Carolina until she completed her BFA from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC in 1973. The ensuing years were marked by her continued explorations in the world of art, further studies, including an MFA degree from George Washington University, Washington DC, and being a teacher and mentor to young talents. In between, she developed a rich body of work that is permeated by the colours of her own thoughts and sensibilities. She is a great admirer of William Harnett and John F Peto’s paintings, artists who kindled the passions for trompe l’œil on the other side of the Atlantic. Her own handling of optical illusion on canvas could be considered an homage to these two great artists. It is her ingenuity that leads her to imbibe the essence of photorealism in the Classic Comic Books without diluting the veritable charm of trompe l’œil. The former assists her to capture the exceptionally minute details of a chocolate bar, a pair of tennis racquets or a one dollar bill while the latter induces the viewer into a forced perspective on a two dimensional plain. It might be true that ‘reality’ is nothing but a ‘persistent illusion’, but in this case the illusion turns out to be a rather gratifying one.

In the Moment of Creation

An Interview with Charlene Lanzel

Like a multi–faceted diamond, Charlene Lanzel’s artistic mastery sparkles through her fine art paintings, murals, trompe l’œil, street painting and sand art to dazzle her audience. Born into a family of visual artists in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1967 Charlene was published in an instruction book for elementary school art teachers by age 9. In 1985 she received the Senior Art Award and Art Scholarship from her high school in Onalaska, Wisconsin. In 1987 she relocated to New York. Year 1999 saw Charlene Lanzel painting Italian trompe l’œil murals for the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, with fellow artist Tracy Lee Stum. The two also competed together at the prestigious XXVII Centro Italiano Madonnari Street Painting Festival in Mantova, Italy. The yearning to explore beyond the one frame image painted on canvas, Charlene was fascinated viewing sand animation when she first saw it in 2004. It is not until 2010 though that she embraced the idea of becoming a performance artist herself. Since then she is narrating timeless stories of love, festivities and even tragedies of life through this ephemeral art form.

Invoking Life in Quiescence

The Art of Bruno Logan

Bruno Logan first breathed into an atmosphere of artistic mastery in the year of 1969 in the great city of Paris. Entering into the Derval School of Decoration in 1987 he started learning the tricks of trompe l’œil and experimenting with the techniques used by old masters enthusiastically. Having gained a diploma from the Gobelins School of Paris in 1990, he begun working in several studios producing comic illustrations for television and movies. Finally, the charms of Vermeer and Ingres proved too strong to be ignored any longer and Bruno devoured every minute of his waking hours playing with hyperrealism and trompe l’œil to create successive masterpieces. In 2010 he was awarded the honorary title of ‘Academicien en Degre Superieur’ by the Academy of Beaux Arts in Saint Louis.