Thursday, October 27, 2016


Salvador Dali "The Persistence of Memory" 1931

This post is especially for the Chubby Chatterbox; Stephen Hayes (who does not play with our minds).  He's having a giveaway of one of his paintings.  For details go to thechubbychatterbox.blogspot.com.
Here's the painting:

I'm sure all of you have heard of Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte & M. C. Escher & their weird strange odd interesting concept of art but boredpanda.com has introduced me to some modern day artists who also see & render their world differently.  They work in many media; here are just a few of them:

The beautiful and mind-bending illusions in Canadian artist ROBERT 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.

Gonsalves’ interest in art began at an early age, which is why he became comfortable with painting such complex misdirection. He had experience with technique and perspective and architectural art by the age of 12. When he encountered Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, they clearly left a lasting impact on his amazing paintings as well.

MONICA CARVALHO loves creating surreal photo montages. She shot all the photographs used in the photo montages, except from a few space images she found on Google (planet Earth, stars). The people in her photo-manipulations are mostly her, but also friends and family. She is passionate about the impossible and achieving the perfect optical illusion. 

Here we have Spanish photographer CHEMA MADOZ and his surreal black and white photos. Born in 1958, and with several collections to his name, Madoz is famously coy about his pictures' aim, even when asked directly: "The fact is that I don’t give any thought to the reaction they’ll cause in the viewer. I look for images that move me and touch me, that make me feel that I’m doing something different which I wasn’t aware of. I want to be able to stand in front of my pictures and feel that I can communicate with them. If a picture says something to me, I feel confident that there may be other people who will experience the same thing."

Thai artist UTTAPORN NIMMALAIKAEW paints haunting 3D-images on fine netting. He discovered the technique by accident in 2001 when, while studying at Silapakorn University in Bangkok, he noticed a spot of paint on his mosquito netting. He soon realized that he could create the impression of depth and volume by combining multiple layers.

“One of the most outstanding features of my work is that it changes viewer’s experience.The work of art as illusion deceives perception. From the front, viewer will see the work in the middle of empty space. I draw human shapes on the sparse white cloth with oil color. The details are different due to volume, color, light and cloth layer. Thread is also applied in some works, while parts of huge, ready-made object are also found.”

Instead of cartoons today, here are some optical illusions that
flyingmouse365.com created for use on T shirts:

This is my favorite of his; "The Star Collector":

Have you ever noticed that not all people's reality is the same?----fishducky



  1. ROBERT GONSALVES's work owes a lot to Escher too. One of my very favourite artists.
    Love MONICA CARVALHO's quirky cleverness too.
    Super clever all of them. Thank you for expanding my knowledge. Again.

  2. I love this art. I'm hustling over to Stevens blog to throw my name in the hat for one of his paintings.

    1. I hope his hat is filled to the brim with names!!

  3. These are really cool. I will never understand how they do this. Such tallent.

  4. Some of these are almost as interesting as Mr. Hayes' illustrations.

  5. Wow! These are all fascinating!! I see things like this and am convinced I have very little imagination--LOL! ;)

    1. I think you need imagination to appreciate them!!

  6. I love photos of Dali and his anteater on a leash. We used to know someone who had original Eschers. I can't even imagine how valuable they are now.


  7. Wow, each of these stretched our minds in a good way. Think I will start at the top and enjoy them all once more. Thanks.

  8. Gotta say, I was unfamiliar with Robert Gonsalves, and now he's a new favorite.

  9. If everybody's reality was the same the whole world would be dull and boring.
    I've seen that first painting several times online and in books, the ships coming through the arches one, but all the rest are new to me. Except the cow being milked, I've seen that one too.
    They're all so fabulous, I really like the jigsaw one.

  10. Wow. These are all fantabulous. I LOVE Dali's work, but wasn't familiar with the other artists. Now... I love them, too. (So terribly fickle...)

    1. You apparently just have a large capacity for love!!


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