Jay Davenport

Jay Davenport, New Adventures (2020), oil on panel

Meyer Gallery, 225 Canyon Road, no. 14, 505-983-1434, meyergalleries.com

Trompe l’oeil painters take realism to the nth degree, creating the illusion of three-dimensional space in two dimensions. A staple of contemporary trompe l’oeil artists is depicting a smaller composition within a larger one, like a realistic rendering of a photograph, drawing, or postcard held to a wall with masking tape. In fact, how realistically an artist can paint masking tape is something of a game of one-upmanship among such painters. In Meyer Gallery’s online collection of realist and trompe l’oeil paintings Let’s Get Real, see several examples in the works of Davenport, Natalie Featherston, and Michael Gallarda. The collection also includes landscape, still life, and portraiture by gallery artists. The online exhibition is ongoing, but the gallery is open and following the safety precautions of the governor’s public health order.

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