Ukranian Painter Masters the Art of Optical Illusion: Two Paintings in One

1 Oleg Shuplyak

We’ve all seen the classic young lady or old hag optical illusion, but these oil paintings by Oleg Shuplyak are on a whole other level. Famous faces emerge from seemingly normal landscape backgrounds, leaving viewers double taking each piece to fully understand the different perspectives. In some instances the faces are what the eye recognizes first and stepping back, the smaller details that make up the face can be appreciated. Other times the eye is drawn to the landscape and finding the face is more of a challenge.

Visual Bits #438 > Let it Drip: Oil Paintings

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Abstract Paintings by KwangHo Shin

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Korean artist KwangHo Shin recently made a colorful splash in the art world when he mysteriously posted his portfolio online, and little else. The young artist is based out of Yeongdeok, South Korea and studied art at Keimyung University. His work primarily focuses on people and their emotions, portrayed largely through abstract strokes of paint. What often pops through his wildly moving colors, are his subject’s expressive eyes.

The Wet Look: Oil Paintings by Jeremy Mann


San Francisco based artist Jeremy Mann receives his inspiration from his urban surrounding, painting a unique and dynamic city. His style is peculiar, as he uses various painting techniques on wood panels, infusing his compositions with vivid and atmospheric colors. Some of these techniques including surface staining, the use of solvents to wipe away paint, and the application of broad, grainy marks with an ink brayer roller.

Capturing the Essence of Vintage Vans

The perfect canvas for graffiti, cargo vans brighten up the outer boroughs of New York City as much as the latest designer fashions do for 5th Avenue. For Brooklyn artist Kevin Cyr these vans make the perfect muse for a series of oil paintings. Capturing every dent, scratch, and drip of spray paint, Cyr’s paintings glorify each van as a work of art. He has painted over thirty vans over the past seven years, first photographing the profile, then using oil paint on wood panels to create the luminescent effect.

Picture Perfect Paintings

You may be looking at the image above, thinking, “I could do that!” But what if I told you that this is actually an oil painting? Photorealism is the art of creating a painting that looks as if it could be a photograph and Pedro Campos is one of the best in the field.