On View / A tribute in trompe l’oeil

Over twenty local artists contribute to a show honoring trompe l’oeil master

Trompe l’oeil work by Lucette Banas

Images courtesy of the artists and galleries


Over twenty local artists have contributed their best eye-fooling efforts to a show that honors trompe l’oeil master (and teacher) John Yerger (1935–2017). There are also some works by Yerger in this fascinating exhibition of paintings that only appear to present three-dimensional tableaux. Tromp l’oeil tends to be thought of as a historic practice; we’re used to seeing dignified assemblies in which objects like musical instruments and architectural fragments leap out from the flat canvas. That expectation makes this show rather fun, because many of the objects here are much more contemporary in nature. For example, Leslie Fornalik includes plastic cowboys and Indians and vintage postcards, while Louise Daoust presents a disconcerting scene in which the artist seems to be cutting her way out of the painting with a big mat knife.


Image of artwork by Louise Daoust 

courtesy of Meibohm Gallery and the artist


Gallery owner Grace Meibohm notes that Yerger’s successful carrying forward of this centuries-old practice is to be continued under the leadership of Joan Van Horn, of the Partners in Art gallery.


Masters of Illusion – The Art of Trompe L’oeil is on view October 20–November 18, at Meibohm Fine Arts, 478 Main Street, East Aurora. For more information, visit meibohmfinearts.com.


Trompe l’oeil work by Bruce Morrell

Trompe l’oeil work by Leslie Fornalik


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