Trompe L’oeil in decorative art artwork
Most people who have an interest in decorative art these day know
the term “Trompe L’oeil” originating from French as many other
decorative terms (marouflage, decoupage). These are words which
us decorative artists love to use as we can impress our clients with
our knowledge of romantic sounding techniques to produce some
paint magic in their homes.
Trompe L’oeil literally means to ‘trick the eye’ and basically
applies to any surface paint which creates an illusion which can
fool the viewer into believing that there is an added dimension and
that the image is not flat surface.
There are many forms of trompe l’oeil from grand murals with
views into spaces so real that people try to walk into them (work of
John Pugh) and recently some pavement artists have been creating
brilliant anemographic chalk drawing of pavements that open up
into graphic scenes below(to be very effective these have to be
viewed from one point.
I describe myself as a mural artist and trompe l’oeil artist I use
trompe l’oeil techniques to make my interior decorative artwork
more sophisticated and interesting or creating more depth and