Japanese artist Hirotoshi Ito breathes life into stone by transforming it into practically anything but stone itself. His whimsical and unique stone sculptures create surreal optical illusions that can make us forget that they are actually made of solid stone. He is able to create all kinds of objects, ranging from a purse to food, from a t-shirt to a deck of cards. A total and unsettling illusion. The stones come alive in a surprising yet humorist manner. He found his signature in the zipper, as it gives depth and resonance to his treasures.
German street artist 1010 (previously featured here) has been creating these mysterious, portal-like street art illusions on walls around the world. Originally from Poland, 1010 moved with his parents to Germany, when he was eight years old. For more than a decade, the artist has been painting walls and making papercuts. Now he just finished a new amazing piece in Berlin. Check it out.
John Harman’s exploratory, give-it-a-go-and-see-what-happens attitude has propelled him since he was a boy. His iterative journey has had its fits and starts, but its forward momentum has been fueled by his unceasing curiosity and his desire to learn—not just from his tools, but also from the larger creative community. While working full-time, Harman pursued a four-year degree in video game art. The courses taught him a lot, but they skipped right over the basics, so, as with Photoshop before, his made his own way through 3D Studio Max, Adobe InDesign, and a whole host of other programs.
The way Alex Garant creates, makes her painting realistic, but surreal at the same time. Traditional techniques of making portraits are combined with graphic quality, making her artworks widely recognizable. The core of her work is the pattern, she will duplicate elements, use symmetry and image superposition, creating an almost perfect optical illusion. Her unique pieces make the viewers have a hard time focusing on a face of each figure portrayed. By simply looking at her paintings, a journey begins. The journey that will make you get to know yourself, but also the artist.
Robert “Rob” Gonsalves is a Canadian painter of magic realism. He produces original works, limited edition prints and illustrations for his own books. Gonsalves’ paintings have a fun way of twisting your perception and causing you to question what in his paintings, if anything, is real.
Most of his stunning paintings have an unclear boundary between the multiple stories they tell, which forces the viewer to jump back and forth between them – like an optical illusion that changes every time you look at it.
Artist Natalie Fletcher creates these amazing optical illusion bodypaintings with no more than an airbrush and the blank space of a body. The hypnotizing designs obscure the human form and create the kind of geometric illusion you’d expect to see on a printed page. Below are more photos from Natalie’s series “Just an Illusion”, where she experiments with bright colors and black lines to produce the trippy body illusions.
Fletcher recently began a tour titled “100 Bodies Across America”, where she will create two pieces of body art in each of the 50 states in just six-months road tripping around the country. To see more of Natalile’s work, visit her website artbynataliefletcher.com.
UK based artist and designer Chris Labrooy created ‘ Tales of Auto Elasticity‘ as a sequel to his first 2013 series ‘Auto Aerobics‘. Experimenting with 3D tools to shape and stretch classic cars into mind bending positions, the artist continues to explore this virtual terrain using new techniques. Known for his brilliant combination of typography, architecture, product design and visual art, you can find more of Labrooy’s works at chrislabrooy.com
Check out these 2d, optical illusions that artist 1010 creates on walls. His texturally rich but minimal style in mastering open portals seduces viewers and passerbys for a closer look. He recently finished a gigantic mural
1010 has also been focused on exploring what kinds of creatures may be making these holes:
Watch closely as this painting mysteriously morphs and changes in perspective from various positions. Brian Weaver’s clever work on perspective boggles our mind as the viewer walks through the gallery and demonstrates this piece hanging at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK. Visit more of Brian Weaver’s work at http://www.brianweavers.co.uk/
UK based artist Sophie Ryder sculpts surrealist eyes made mostly of wires hung in an outdoor setting for all to ‘see’. The striking scale and texture of the ‘Eye’ creates a sketched or drawn effect making it an impressive optical illusion for the viewer.
Her other works with similar techniques are equally striking: