Tromp l’oeil is the artistic technique of painting illusions that are so realistic they fool the eye. Eric Grohe is a master of this technique, creating mural art that transforms communities. He believes that his art should involve, challenge and inspire the viewer; not simply adorn, but integrate with its architectural surroundings. Works of the size and scope that Mr. Grohe creates take months to complete as attention must be given to every detail, no matter how small. For large-scale exterior projects, he uses Keim Mineral Paint from Germany which crystallizes the paint into mineral substrates. This prevents the paint from fading, peeling or blistering, and extends the life of the work by centuries. Interestingly, there are only a handful of mural artists who are skilled enough to use this unique paint. This gallery of his work is truly amazing. And keep in mind that these murals are all done on a flat surface…click the picture for the larger image. Artists site: *link to Eric Grohe*
Gallery: Eric Grohe Murals
An old brick wall was reinforced with concrete block and transformed into a nationally recognized monument honoring veterans.
Dominating the main square of town, this once gray, soiled wall and gravel parking lot have become both a dramatic entrance to the city as well as a backdrop for numerous concerts and civic events.
Over 80 local citizens posed for the figures in the mural, which depicts this same square early in the last century.
55 Diamond Court: This mural adds life and dignity to a previously nondescript corner of town. Every window projects a different scene, captivating the viewer and creating speculation as to what is taking place within each framed vignette.
55 Diamond Court before
55 Diamond Court after
This mural was commissioned as a tribute to the local steel industry, the economic backbone of the community. The design includes 12 painted panels on either side of the central image that depict the different stages in the mining and transportation of raw materials, as well as the production of steel. Painted rust adds to the realism of these features.
Parking garage before
Parking garage after: Rarely does a parking garage become a visual asset to its community. In this case, however, the gray concrete garage was transformed into an award-winning edifice, which now complements the surrounding architecture and is the object of civic pride.
miller brewery before
miller brewery after: Artwork now humanizes and visually expands the cramped, industrial rooms of the Pilot Brewery at the Miller Brewing Company. Real objects such as hooks, aprons, and clipboards, which mimic their painted counterparts, were added to the surface of the murals to enhance the illusion.
in the beginning before
in the beginning after: The image was specifically designed for one of the entrance lobbies into the new addition to Florida Hospital in order to convey a sense of hope, peace, tranquility and confidence.
Source – Artists site: *link to Eric Grohe*