Famous Faces in Optical Illusion Paintings


What do you see? Now take a step back. Do you see something different? Oleg Shuplyak’s oil paintings capture more than meets the eye. The Ukrainian artist’s optical illusions, created through strategically placed objects, coloring, shadows, and composition, project the faces of well-known men, such as artist Salvador Dali and naturalist Charles Darwin. In one instance, what appears to be a young man and woman bathing by a lake is also the face of famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

I do have to admit that, in some of his creations, I had to take a step closer because the faces popped out at me first. It’s only upon closer inspection that I recognized that the actual figures have contorted themselves and that the perfectly draped fabrics work cooperatively to produce the second image.

A sort of game has risen out of Shuplyak’s work where I try to find the image I don’t notice at first. In a way, his illusionary work brings back memories of Magic Eye. His pieces are quite a bit more pricey than Magic Eye ($400 and up), but if you’re interested, the artist’s paintings are currently being sold through Amsterdam Art Gallery.











Amsterdam Art Gallery’s website






November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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