The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is pleased to offer an extended exhibition of the spectacular works by Northwest Trompe L'Oeil painter Bill Braun. Braun has been an active participant and successful painter for the gallery during the past 14 years.
The paintings by Braun are amazing feats of illusion and totally will trick the eye. What initially appears to be the art project constructed by a third grader for a present to be taken home is in reality a masterful painting of acrylic on canvas.
The subject matter of cut out construction paper flowers and paper doll trees appear to be adhered by masking tape and staples to a crinkled background of brown kraft paper. These are the tease that invites the viewer further.
Upon seeing the work for the first time, the viewer can easily and immediately dismiss what he sees as what it "probably" is. "Of course it's not a painting, because why would you paint it" The definition of the work is superb and the likeness to real imagery is second only to the material itself. A second, third and frequently a fourth look is required to reassure ones self that what they are looking at isn't really a collage.
Every year, Braun comes up with something new to add to his "trick of the eye" repertoire and like everyone else we are eager to see them on opening night.