Truckee artist’s ‘trick the eye’ work at the Coffebar |

Truckee artist’s ‘trick the eye’ work at the Coffebar

Special to the Sun
Artist's John Pugh's work is currently being shown at Coffeebar in Truckee. A discussion of his work and the art of "trompe l'oeil" (trick of the eye) will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m.
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Truckee resident John Pugh is an internationally renowned “trompe l’oeil” (trick the eye) artist, focusing primarily on public art.

His life-size (often larger-than-life size) illusions grace architecture in many countries and time zones, and the sheer scope and breadth of his work allows Pugh to communicate with a very large audience.

“People delight in being visually tricked,” says Pugh.

The artist has discovered creating architectural illusions which integrate with the existing environment both optically and aesthetically allows the art to transcend the separateness public art sometimes produces.

On Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Coffeebar at 10120 Jibboom Street in Truckee, Pugh will be on hand to discuss the method behind his madness and give audiences a chance to get up close and personal with his work and the art of “trompe l’oeil.”

Learn more about Pugh’s art at