Richard Haas is an artist known for his painted renditions of buildings and ornate architectural details. His work is on everything from skyscrapers, building facades, interiors, drawings and canvas, and his ability to create illusion and art is to be marveled at.
The technique that he employs is called trompe l’oeil, which means tricks the eye in French. His painted optical illusions are beyond impressive.
He can completely change the look of plain walls, concrete and brick buildings into unbelievably realistic works of art. His painted details include visual feats like buildings that when looked at one way appear to have balcony views, or beautiful decorative windows and intricately detailed columns and arches. However, they are only tricks of the eye made with paints.
His ability to employ color, tones and shading to create painted mirages that come to life when hit by the sun or the through the purposed, carefully chosen directionality of a piece is accomplished on many levels. Haas operates as an artist, architect, painter and landscape surveyor, as he instantly understands how to work with the surroundings, whether that encompasses cityscapes, rural areas or a blank and drab interior wall.
His complimentary way of making structures into something they are not with his skilled painting ability and the trained eyes of an architect, he creates profoundly realistic renderings of dimensional building façades and adds additional character and depth to flat blank walls.
As a child he studied paintings and architecture, and showed an early interest in giants in their fields, Frank Lloyd Wright and Norman Rockwell. He created his first public mural on a blank building space in 1975, and has been transforming surfaces ever since.
He has livened up many communities with his work, and combining art and architecture as he has done in his trademark way makes us see things very differently.
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