Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Illusions of the Sea

Rob Gonsalves is a modern day master of optical illusion-style painting. Much like the classics Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte, who he took inspiration from at an early age, Gonsalves creates mind-bending and visually stunning images that look a little different at every glance.

A childhood of daydreaming and drawing has evolved into a career of making paintings that are primarily a celebration of imagination. Along the way I took a detour into the world of Architecture, but after an enthusiastic response to my paintings at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 1990, I began painting full time. Huckleberry Fine Art, in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area took the success of my work to a new level, and began publishing limited edition reproductions of it. Three children's books have been created using my paintings: Imagine a Night, Imagine a Day and Imagine a Place. Master of Illusion is the name of the calendar series that contains my artwork, now in its sixth year. Rob Gonsalves’ Facebook page

Most of his stunning paintings have an unclear boundary between the multiple stories they tell, which forces the viewer to jump back and forth between them – like an optical illusion that changes every time you look at it. Bored Panda

Themes in his artwork include: architecture, people and the natural world. I particularly like his image of the sea, many featuring illusive sailing ships as they disappear off into the painting.

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