If you encounter one of these amazing 3d murals by John Pugh painted on the side of a building, you might feel like you’re peering into a tear in the space-time continuum. Don’t worry, they’re just incredible works of art, no need to call The Doctor.
As Pugh says of his work, "I have found that the 'language' of life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked. Once captivated by the illusion, the viewers are lured to cross an artistic threshold and thus seduced into exploring the concept of the piece."
|Siete Punto Uno, Los Gatos, California|
The mural Siete Punto Uno is located on Main Street in the town of Los Gatos, California. Los Gatos was one of the communities that suffered the most significant damage from the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Considered the propitiator of earthquakes, the Mayan jaguar god (as represented in the mural) is grafted with the "cats" of Los Gatos to become one of the key metaphors of this concept.
|Mana Nalu Mural Project, Hawaii|
|Drain - City of Bishop, California |
|Academe' Taylor Hall, Chico, CA|
In 1980 John Pugh obtained his first major commission from California State University, Chico in northern California where he received his degree in art. Taylor Hall was to bring him international recognition and move John's career into high gear. He realized quickly that his Trompe l'oiel style art really connected with artist and non-artist alike. Not just because it was fun to look at with its illusion of hyper-realism that would always prompted any first-time viewer to do a second take, but because great stories could be told by using this style that few artist at this time were employing, especially in a public art context.