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By on November 1, 2007, with 66 Comments

Jay sent me these magnificent murals done by the unknown artist (if you know who the artist is, please post). These photos look so real, that people really get confused. Trompe l’oeil is the phrase for these realistic murals, done in the same way Julian Beever paints sidewalks. I adore these kind of artistic expressions, since they not only have that illusion touch, but also show a great talent. This is what Jay wrote me:

Jay Kleinrichert: “These would fit somewhere in the “3D chalk drawings” category. Anyway, I’ve been a big fan of the site since I discovered your widget, checking it daily. I get inspired sometimes in my career as a graphic designer.”

Astonishing 3D Wall Painting Illusions
Astonishing 3D Wall Painting Illusions
Astonishing 3D Wall Painting Illusions
Astonishing 3D Wall Painting Illusions
Astonishing 3D Wall Painting Illusions


66 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    it almost doesnt look that the door is real

  2. Anonymous says:

    That is some of the most amazing art I have ever seen.

  3. Anonymous says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    very cool i wish i had 1/2 that skill

  5. Anonymous says:

    wow that is sooo awesome.

  6. Pete says:

    This is trompe l’oeil

    I love good examples.


  7. Anonymous says:

    this is awesome!! I wish I could do that!! Then I’d be rich and famous!!

  8. Daniel says:

    WOW!!! It looks like you could walk right through that painting! This is one of the bests. I am a medieval/renaissance loving guy so I really like this one.

  9. Anonymous says:

    That is so cool

  10. Anonymous says:

    Regarding comment #7, you are either implying that:
    1) This guy is rich and famous (I’ve never heard of him, and his clothes don’t look that nice) or
    2) You would be better at marketing yourself if you had this skill, so you are basically calling him an idiot.
    Nice job d bag.

    I like the paintings though

  11. Julie says:

    GORGEOUS! There is amazing detail in each of these paintings–you can tell that just from the photographs. I wonder how long it took him to do all of these…! ;-)

  12. virtualpigmaster says:

    woh… nice!

  13. Bobby says:

    Some body could try to walk right thru that and get headache trying

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wow is the door real lol

  15. Anonymous says:

    chill out

    cool paintings

  16. Anonymous says:

    That’s amazing! Dangerous though…

  17. Anonymous says:

    These are awesome. Great illusions.

    #10 has issues. You need to relax. Do you think he would wear his best clothes when he paints?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Amazing job!

    In the future there’s actually a name for “wall paintings”, they’re called murals.

  19. Benjamin says:

    regarding comment #10, look at where he is painting! nice house or what? And anyway, who paints wearing a £1000 tuxedo? and he didn’t give his name to the author, so obviously he dosen’t want fame!

    Anyway, these paintings are amazing, even though they only work from the angles shown :)

  20. Anonymous says:

    For #10… give #7 some credit, the painter must make some money from all of the people that come to him wanting him to do a painting for them. I’m not saying that he’s rich and famous, but he has to have a pretty good amount of money. Think about it!

  21. Robin says:

    This is very nicely done! He’ll probably earn lots of money with this…

  22. Blondie says:

    lol i wonder how many people run into the walls cuz i know i would in an instant…
    For example…
    Me seeing this…
    Oh wow…look at that! I wanna see it!
    i’m run into glass panes before. i don’t think i’d have any trouble with this.

    13,Single…and lovin it

  23. Anonymous says:

    To the number 10 guy thats rude…he was just stating how he felt prety much…don’t get soo up tight about his comment….but this picture is really cool i love it

  24. Anonymous says:

    flippin hell

  25. Lily says:

    Oh man these are the best, especially the doorway with the ships, SWEEEEET!

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  27. Scorpion says:

    It so real. Specially the door and the top cupboard is so real.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Regarding comment #10, you are implying that, YOU should have heard of him, or that, YOU figure painters should paint in “nice” clothes. (A suit… or Tuxedo maybe?)
    You’re proving YOU are an idiot.
    Nice job d bag.

  29. lex says:

    wow!! absolutely amazing, i love this art

  30. Anonymous says:

    I once ran right into that painting. Turns out it was just a wall. Boy, was my face red. With agony.

  31. Anonymous says:

    This is one of my favorite types of paintings! I love trompe L’oeil


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  33. Gwen says:

    brilliant artwork

  34. Anonymous says:

    omg that is amazing

    my jaw hit the floor lol

  35. Anonymous says:

    First of all comment 10 is not correct because maybe this guy is rich and famous and all comment 7??? is saying is that he is very skilled and talented… and also numero dos must be based off of numero UNO. I am sorry but whoever posted number 7 is giving a compliment to this artist and is not in any way meant to deserve being called a____ anyone care to debate???????

  36. Anonymous says:

    Dude i can’t even WRITE neatly! leat along PAIN OR DRAW!!!!!!

  37. PSK says:

    Regarding comment # 10 :
    For point # 1: Just because you’ve never heard of him doesn’t mean he’s not famous, and he possibly wouldn’t want to get his ‘nice clothes’ dirty from the paint.
    For point # 2: Not everyone means the things they say/write in a negative way.

    The paintings are spectacular.

  38. Anonymous says:

    waw, i wish i had thie wall in my house, thats so chic

  39. Rob G says:

    I would love to hire that guy to paint my house. I love how he blended it in so nicely with the room.

    Wow #10.. they were trying to compliment the artist with a little bit of envy…. Its still a compliment…. The next time you paint a room, you should wear an Armani suit… of course his clothes aren’t going to look nice! He’s painting! D-uhh…..

  40. Nikki says:

    Wow 0.0 dats incredible, love da site sooooooooo much!!!

  41. Anonymous says:

    anon. 10, Well he is a bit famous cause nearly all the people who have this widget..i imagine a lot..have now seen his work. And everyone has said wow that is cool. And i would imagine he is quite relatively well off because lots of people would want this sort of thing and you are paying for him talent – but i would call him more of an idiot if he were painting in a suit though.

  42. Alan P-J says:

    Like all the articles on this web site I think that the wall painting are amongst the nicest that I have seen. Thank you Jay for sending them in.

    What a pity that commenter #10 has nothing better to do with their time than to knock other people. Sad

  43. Anonymous says:

    hey 10…

    next time u paint a room why dont u where a tux and get paint all over it

  44. Anonymous says:

    WOW THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I can’t even draw a straight line LOL this type of artwork along with the 3D chalk drawings are really awesome!

  45. Anonymous says:

    who is this guy?

  46. Anonymous says:

    thats amazing! omgg woaaaaah!

  47. Politikally Paranoid says:

    That is flipping amazing. I can’t believe that anyone could ever paint something that good. AMAZZZING!!! rofl

  48. u2freak says:

    for #10: Shut up d bag!!!!

  49. illusionmaster101 says:

    wow that door looks so real!! amazing

  50. Anonymous says:

    they r real good!

  51. Anonymous says:

    that's a really nice painting
    i probably would've walked right into that though ">.>

  52. Anonymous says:

    Attila asks,
    Can one purchase a painting like this in the form of contact paper (etc.) to simply apply to a wall? I’d imagine this artist would definatly sell a lot of em’!

  53. Barv says:

    Honestly – I had a recurring dream a few years ago. In the dream I’d open my closet door and see – almost exactly what the artist has painted in this illusion.
    Absolutely fabulous stuff!

  54. Thanks everyone for the positive reactions on my work. Yes I am the painter who created these images. Want to see more: visit my site: http://www.vanhoef.com

  55. I like the painting. It’s nice, and I would’ve walked right through it on purpose. ^_^.

  56. Hey Ahn says:

    Really impressive. I checked the artist’s site and found more amazing murals. I wonder if I could have something like this painted on my bedroom walls.

  57. Laura says:

    if only that was my house! oh look a treasure map.

    phenominal work

  58. Ashley says:

    lol i would have like walked into that heck i walk into real walls and doors

  59. eee efff geee says:

    I would of walked outside to see the boat XD

  60. vcg says:

    wow!! those are really great! hope i can find a painter as good as you when i have my own house one day.. ^^

  61. nirvana says:

    thats amazing

  62. baja says:

    thats amaaaaazeen!

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