Bill Braun’s paintings are impressive feats of hyper-realism. At first glance what appears to be the ingredients for a child’s art project of crumpled craft paper, masking tape, staples and cut out construction paper, in reality is a tight and precise implementation of acrylic paint on canvas. The end result being the brilliant execution of trompe l’oeil painting.
Trompe l’oeil, fr: “deceive the eye”, is a type of painting by which various techniques and devices persuade the viewer that he or she is looking at actual objects, rather than objects or scenes that are in reality painted. Braun’s work is both an unusual and brilliant example of trompe l’oeil. His is hypnotic, and even straightforward landscape or still lives take on a playful quality in part due to the brilliant color palette, but primarily because the compositions are all products of his trompe l’oeil painting.or over 25 years, Bill Braun has dedicated his art toward trompe l’oeil painting and has enjoyed extraordinary success not only in the Northwest, but in art environments all over the world.