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Marina Dieul, "Conciliabule," oil on panel, 8 x 8 in., Sold

This month Robert Lange Studios (RLS) in Charleston, SC, celebrates 20 artists from around the globe and their desire to fool the viewer using the age-old technique of creating trompe l’oeil paintings. Each artist has created multiple works exemplifying their specific style, genre, and subject matter.

Gallery owner and artist Robert Lange says of this new body of work, “Years ago I remember hearing a story about one artist painting a fly on top of another artist’s painting to see if he could fool him. Ever since then I’ve had a fascination with how trompe l’oeil forces the viewer to smile and question what their own eyes are seeing.”

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Patrick Kramer, “Unveiled,” oil on panel, 11 x 14 in., $3,000 (framed) is one of many tromp l’oeil paintings on display at “Fool Me Once”

From the gallery:

One such trompe l’oeil artist that has been invited to the show is Patrick Kramer, who recently began to extensively incorporate elements of trompe l’oeil into many of his hyperrealist works. Each subject is very personal for the artist in both selection and execution. He says, “Being a perfectionist, I have always been considering art as an outlet for my slightly obsessive personality. I studied painting in college, and experimented with hyperrealism as a way of perfecting my craft. I never intended to pursue the style, but found it hard to give up, as it suited my nature.”

Artists like George Ayers, who created a perfect to life replica of bananas hanging in a framed box, was inspired by the show’s concept to create something unique. He said, “Although I’ve only recently begun to dabble with trompe l’oeil, I’m already planning more work for the future. For me, it is a great excuse to inject a bit of humor in a composition that I may not have otherwise.”

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George Ayers, “Egg Drop,” oil on panel, 11 x 14 in., $2,500 (framed)

The “Fool Me Once” tromp l’oeil paintings are on view through June 22, 2018. For more information, please visit

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  1. Hello,

    I am an art educator and am putting together a lesson on trompe l’oeil for young elementary students. I stumbled upon your Fool Me Once exhibition from a few years back. It looks like it was a great show. Could you please send me images of all the works that were included?

    Thanks so much for your consideration,

    Amanda DeBellis
    Harrington Park School District


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