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Bill Braun - Trompe l' Oeil
Bill Braun - "A Deceptive Practice" New Paintings
Bill Braun
June 10, 2009 - July 5, 2009
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

            The Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery is again pleased to offer the spectacular works by Northwest Trompe l'Oeil painter Bill Braun.

The paintings by Braun are amazing feats of illusion. What initially appears to be an art project constructed by a third grader 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.

This years show revolves around garden scenes and landscapes and potted flowers.

It is difficult to explain the success of good Trompe l'Oeil and it takes an actual face to face experience to completely understand these magnificent paintings. YES, THEY ARE PAINTINGS!              
La Fiesta de las Muertos
24 x 24 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas
Little Country Church
34 x 24 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas
String Theory #6
15.5 x 18 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas
Sunny Sunflower Song
24 x 34 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas
Marbled White
20 x 24 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas
A Happy Flowerpot
16 x 16 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas
Flowery Song
21 x 32 Inches  Acrylic on Canvas