Patrick Hughes creating paintings using a reverse perspective technique that he calls “reverspectives”. Looking at one of these paintings from the front (see image below) make it difficult to figure out exactly what makes them so unique. This painting shows a series of shops in perspective view giving the painting a sense of depth.
The optical illusion, however, is revealed when you move to the left or right and begin to examine the paintings from any angle other than straight on. The following video will help to demonstrate:
Most people initially assume that the scene is painted on a flat canvas, but is anything but. Rather, it is constructed from a series of pyramids protruding toward the viewer. The parts of the painting that appear to be furthest away are actually the closest points when viewed from the front, but our brain tries to make sense of it all and assumes that those parts must be in the background rather than the foreground. Even when you understand how one of these paradoxical perspective paintings is constructed, it still looks completely normal when viewed from the front.
Many additional reverspective paintings from Patrick Hughes can be viewed on his website at www.patrickhughes.co.uk.
Vladimir Kush’s deceptive paintings typically feature ambiguous scenes that present multiple meanings. Kush, born and raised in Russia, graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts after serving in the Russian military. His artwork is available through several Kush Fine Art galleries located in Maui, Hawaii, Laguna Beach, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada (two locations). In his painting presented below, aptly titled Butterfly Apple, a red apple has just been cut in half by the knife resting on the table in the foreground. The cut apple resembles a butterfly creating an optical illusion.
To view more deceptive paintings from Vladimir Kush and learn more about him, visit his official website at www.vladimirkush.com
French artist Bernard Pras created this anamorphic portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté using items found around the installation site. Pras arranged items such as wood, articles of clothing, and more across the floor and a wall of a single room. When viewed from the precise angle where the camera is setup, the full portrait of the actor is revealed.
Close-up photographs, which show the detail of the arranged items, and a video chronicling the installation can be found in the full post. The video is in French, but it is mostly just film footage set to background music. The time-lapse showing the full anamorphic portrait coming together at the end of the video (starting at 4:21) is particularly fascinating.
This figure looks like a warped spiral made up of white and black squares on a gray background. If you examine it more closely, however, you will find that it is actually made up of four concentric circles. This illusion was first described by Baingio Pinna and Richard L Gregory in a 2002 article titled “Shifts of Edges and Deformations of Patterns“.
Octavio Ocampo is one of Mexico’s most prolific artists. He describes his painting style as “metamorphic”, where the individual components that make up the painting come together to form a larger image. In the example below titled ‘Ecstasy of the Lilies’, Ocampo has painted a group of white lily flowers that come together to form the figure of a woman.
More paintings by Octavio Ocampo can be viewed at Visions Fine Arts Gallery by visiting www.visionsfineart.com.
Can you tell which girl is being held up in this accidental ambiguous photograph? Is it the blonde or the brunette? Are you sure?
The following photograph was captured on the side of a snow-covered mountain. Do you see someone hiding in the landscape?
For a similar illusion, be sure to revisit the Apache Head in the Rocks.