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John Pugh  Los Gatos, CA

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About John

I am a trompe l’oeil artist focusing primarily on mural painting. I have found that the “language” of life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked. Once captivated by the illusion, the viewer is lured to cross an artistic threshold and thus seduced into exploring the concept of the piece. I have also found that by creating architectural illusion that integrates with the existing environment both optically and aesthetically, the art transcends the “separateness” that public art sometimes produces.

It is important for me, as an artist, to interact with the community, formulating concepts based upon a multitude of viewpoints. Artists must be continually aware that their work can serve as a bridge between diverse cultural backgrounds. Public art is of great interest to me; providing me with a sense of purpose as it is a very powerful form of communication. It can link people together, stimulate a sense of pride within the community, and introduce the viewer to new ideas and perspectives.

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"In the midst of this pandemic, I walk past the gorgeous mural you painted in Los Gatos after the 1987 Loma Prieta earthquake. A present-day woman is peering through broken walls of a building to an Aztec (?) civilization, and the Los Gatos cats are rendered in the old style. The mural is dated 1991. I would LOVE to see how you'd capture this transition in a couple of years!"

"John, it takes real talent and insite to accomplish the "bigger" picture on such a massive scale. Most of us have a hard time doing 8X10's. Your work will be talked about and remembered.Perfection, awesome and a pleasure to behold."

"dude, big fan of both pic's;) i wonder how long it must of taken for you to finish the 2ed one!"

"Awsome! Awsome! Awsome! Looks totally real."

"I absolutely love the second picture, it looks real! Although, I'm not a big fan of the first picture . . . that's just my personal opinion."

"this is super grrreat i really want 2 learn hw 2 do this!!!"

"Delphic in prediction neoclassically self reflexive in theme. Form subjugates function exceptionally!"


"good pic"

"top one is beautiful and second one made me giggle is that a wall mueral??"

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