I don’t mean to step on the toes of Art Girl, also known as Auntie L, but I have to write about art today.
I go through a lot of galleries. Anytime I visit a town I like to go through the galleries and see what the local talent (or lack of talent) is doing. I often leave galleries muttering to myself, “So many artists; so little art.” Yes I know I’m peeing in the pool of local galleries here, but hey there are very few gallery quality artists here. I mean who the fuck would ever buy those bronze clowns? You all know what I’m talking about, don’t you?
OK, now on to something good. There is a gallery in Kirkland Washington called the Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery where I first became acquainted with the work of Bill Braun.
As many of you know I’m a sucker for Trompe L'Oeil painting. When I walked into this gallery there was what I thought was a piece made of construction paper stapled to craft paper. It was interesting is a 3rd grade art project way, but why was it at this gallery. I looked closer without touching. It was construction paper on craft paper; I was sure of it, but oddly the staples didn’t seem to reflect the light. I couldn’t resist, I touched and I couldn’t believe it. It was a painting. The shadows were perfect. The colors were perfect. Everything was perfect. I had been totally fooled.
Bill Braun is a master of Tromp L’Oeil. Click the link below to see a good collection of his work.