I was stunned to see this mural for the first time. It was hard to say whether it was real or not. I was really surprised to find out that it is just a painting. John did a great job of this beautifully deceptive artwork.
About the Academe
This Academe mural has been a landmark in downtown Chico and has set an imaginative theme for the public. I have learned that whenever John is developing a mural, he also responds to aspects of the scene, such as its architectural design and its natural environment. He often likes to play with the art’s context by contrasting these environments with another place or time. John intends to inject a paradox or juxtaposition in order to put the spectator on a journey from reality into a new space.
About the Artist
John Pugh considers himself as a trompe l’oeil artist and he mainly focuses on mural painting. John has found that the “language” of life-size illusions enables him to communicate with a very large group of spectators. John believes that when a viewer is captivated by an illusion, then that person is lured to cross an artistic threshold and begins exploring the ideas behind the art. He also realized that by making architectural illusion that incorporates with the existing environment artistically, the art goes beyond the distinctiveness that public art sometimes creates. As an artist, it is important for him to interact with the community. Public art is of great value to John. According to him, it provides a sense of purpose since it is a very powerful form of communication. It can connect people together and introduce the spectator to new ideas and perspectives.
Thank you John Pugh for allowing us to post and share your Academe. If you wish to learn more about his incredible masterpieces, you can go and visit his website.