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12/13/2017 7:26:29 AM

If You Think You Know What You’re Looking At, You’re Probably Wrong. My Brain Just Exploded

Artist Ivan Hoo specializes in creating anamorphic pieces that trick the senses. He chose wood as a medium because of its texture and how it held color. He had always looked up to realist artists like Audrey Flack, Roberto Bernadi and Julian Beever… and now he is making his own mark.

By cleverly working with pastels and wood boards, Ivan has created images with such feeling and dimensions. It’s difficult to tell they aren’t real, even if you know they are art.

The medium he chose is special.

The medium he chose is special.


The wood gives his pieces depth he otherwise wouldn’t have had.

The wood gives his pieces depth he otherwise wouldn`t have had.


And the pastels pop on the wood, too.

And the pastels pop on the wood, too.


He used to focus on creating portraits.

He used to focus on creating portraits.


Then, he got an idea.

Then, he got an idea.


What if he started drawing events or “happenings” on the wood?

What if he started drawing events or  happenings  on the wood?


The action you’re supposed to be seeing almost draws you in.

The action you`re supposed to be seeing almost draws you in.


The “dripping” effect was his first idea.

The  dripping  effect was his first idea.


Then, he moved on to using different textures.

Then, he moved on to using different textures.


They are all brilliant.

They are all brilliant.


You want to just reach out and touch them…

You want to just reach out and touch them...


Absolutely amazing.

Absolutely amazing.


By posting his art on Instagram, he gained confidence. There was lots of positive feedback.

By posting his art on Instagram, he gained confidence. There was lots of positive feedback.


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