Trompe l’oeil

Examples of some of my previous Trompe l’oeil commissions.

trompe l'oeil beano comic
Trompe l'oeil has been used to paint a Beano Comic, pencil, sketch book and some sweets on top of a school deck.
trompe l'oeil microscope
Microscope painted trompe l'oeil to look like it is inside the box when actually it is on top of the flat surface.
trompe l'oeil shelves
Trompe l'oeil shelves. Again painted on a plain flat board but to look like they are real and have items placed on them.
trompe l'oeil shelves
Another photo of the shelves but taken from a side angle to demonstrate the depth achieved.
trompe l'oeil letters
Trompe l'oeil letters and photo layed out on the top of a writing desk.
trompe l'oeil playing cards
trompe l'oeil playing cards and manual painted to the top of a drawing / dining table.

trompe l'oeil chest
A chest painted using Trompe L'oeil to make it look like a house.
trompe l'oeil chest front
Close up of the chest displaying the 'bay' window into which I used the chest's front bead to make up the window frame.
trompe l'oeil chest side
The left hand side of the chest with me sweeping the leaves away with my dog Molly.
trompe l'oeil chest top
This shows the detail of the top of the chest. Note the cat creeping along the tiles!

trompe l'oeil sideboard
A dressing table decorated with a magazine to the top and some creatures to the front.
trompe l'oeil magazine
Photo close-up of the fruit pieces painted on top of the dresser.
trompe l'oeil sideboard side
Close up to show the detail of the magazine on top of the dressing table.
trompe l'oeil butterfly
A detailed photo of the butterfly, to be found on the front of the dresser.

trompe l'oeil lizard 1
One of the lizards. This one is sitting next to the mirror.
trompe l'oeil lizard 3
Another of the lizards. This one is keeping an eye on the butterfly.
trompe l'oeil lizard 2
Photo taken higher up so you can see the items better.


Trompe l’oeil is a painting technique, sometimes called illusionism, which imitates reality.

It involves painting extremely realistic imagery onto a surface in order to create an optical illusion that the depicted object really exists, instead of being a two dimensional painting.

The word "Trompe L'oeil" is French and translates to “Trick of the Eye”. I like to see it as painting your imagination – this for me has an enormous potential for artistic expression and fun.

Quote from Wikipedia:

"Trompe-l'œil is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects really exist, instead of being mere, two-dimensional paintings. The name is derived from French for "trick the eye", from tromper - to deceive and l'œil - the eye."
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