Boy! Al Seckel and Sterling Publishing have really produced a first class book here. Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion is an oversized book which introduces us to 20 artists who have created some of the most startling art imaginable. Although several of the artists are often seen in books on optical illusions, we now see many more and many for the first time for me. It’s hard to pick a favorite and really there’s no reason to but I was particularly taken by the work of Ken Kowlton. His mosaics using seashells, Braille, dice, spools of thread, pantomimes, symbols from decks of cards, etc., are fantastic. One real imaginative piece uses 32 sets of Tangrams to create Jerry Slocum, the leading authority and collector of mechanical puzzles. If you enjoy puzzles, art, optical illusions, graphics, etc., you’ll love this book. I have never come across such a collection of this artwork in one book. This book was produced by Sterling Publishing and in my opinion the premier publishers of puzzle books. It should become the definitive book covering optical illusions. Included are the e-mail addresses and web sites of several of the artists. In addition to this is a list of selected reading. On behalf of all those who enjoy optical illusions and related artwork, I’d like to thank Seckel and Sterling for producing this excellent book. You can purchase this book at Amazon.
Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion
About the Author: Jerry Guild
Retired engineer who loves birds, puzzles and books. Has personal library of 7000 tomes.