If you love art, you’ve surely come across the term trompe l’oeil. It’s often defined simply by the   French words for “fool the eye”  but that doesn’t really tell the whole story. River Art Gallery is pleased to introduce our newest Resident Artist, trompe l’oeil specialist, Teri Jo Ritz.

Let’s shed a little light on how it works and you’ll see why Teri Jo’s paintings embrace this technique. Trompe l’oeil is intended to fool the eye into thinking something is really there, so the subject matter is limited to objects that could conceivably be on a wall. Playing cards, window scenes, and recognizable materials like wood and marble are common subjects.

Trompe l’oeil is a tradition that goes way, way back before photography existed, making two-dimensional objects look three-dimensional by changing the perspective. Although both involve depicting something as realistically as possible, the two techniques have different goals. A trompe l’oeil artist wants to trick the viewer with the illusion of three-dimensionality. Photorealism aims simply to recreate an image as realistically as possible, in two dimensions.