OPTICAL ILLUSION ART

Art has the ability to amaze and inspire, and few artworks do this better than those that fool the eye. These types of art—aptly referred to as illusion art—easily trick the viewer into believing what they think they see. Optical illusions (sometimes called also visual illusions) are cool images perceived in a manner that differs from objective reality. What the human eye sees is interpreted by the brain in a way that contradicts physical measurement of the source image. And, op art or optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions.

How Modern Artists Make Us Look Twice with Mind-Bending Illusion Art

Entering the fascinating world of illusions will trick your confidence in your own senses, but will also amaze you by doing so; the world that will confuse you completely, but also educate you and you will be thrilled because nothing is what it seems.

Take a look at how illusion art manifests itself today—from illustrations to street art to body art.

1. BODY PAINTING ART

the body painting skills play serious tricks on the eye, making it difficult for the viewer to discern whether Photoshop is involved. It often plays with the idea of secret layers to people. By adding surreal visual prompts like a cracked exterior shell of a head, it hints at the multiple layers and hidden truths each person conceals.

Hikaru Cho Body Art Illusion Art
HIKARU CHO (AKA CHOOO-SAN) ‘S body art

Combining contortion with body painting, the artists produce illusions that transform people in to animals . Set against a black background, they at first appear as traditional paintings. But, take a longer look and you’ll see that these are humans.

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Gesine Marwedel’s Body art

2. STREET ART

Street artists like 1010 and Astro paint their illusions onto buildings. Each of them has a different style but are of similar concept; it looks like they’ve revealed portals to another world.

Illusion Art
1010
Illusion Art
Astro

3. MAKE-UP ART

Optical illusion makeup is wild. It will have you thinking that you’re eyes are playing tricks on you with its warped perspective.

4. PLANET STREET PAINTING

When viewed from just the right angle, Planet Streetpainting has produced an amusing mashup of LEGO figures and the iconic Terracotta Army. The team’s precision is beyond impressive—especially when you see their piece from another vantage point.

3D Illusion Art
3D Illusion Art

What’s your opinion on these illusion arts? Share your views in the comments below.

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