Ryan Du val

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  “Does art imitate life or does life imitate art?”

        -Andy Warhol

  In the murals of Ryan Du Val, the separation between life and art is all but removed, leaving the observer to discern what is real and what is art. Painted with exquisite detail, these murals create windows where there once were walls, and transform rooms and buildings into fresh and inspiring environments.  

  The French word, ‘Trompe l’oeil’ literally means ‘trick the eye,’ and trompe l’oeil murals have the unique ability to trick the eyes of their observers into believing they are real. By using realistic perspectives and shadows, the paintings come alive and appear to be three dimensional although they are actually painted on a flat surface.

  This technique allows an enormous amount of freedom for combining fine art with ‘faux’ and architectural painting. Hence these murals are both creative and convincing.


The magic of trompe l’oeil

Clockwise from the left:

Sistine Chapel mural   

    Evanston IL;

‘Inner Temple’

    El Cerrito CA;

‘Reaching for the sun’

    Los Altos CA

‘Mountains of Ecuador’

    Evanston IL

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