bill braun’s paintings are impressive feats of hyper-realism. at first glance what appears to be the ingredients for a child’s art project of crumpled craft paper, masking tape, staples and cut out construction paper, in reality is a tight and precise implementation of acrylic paint on canvas. the end result being the brilliant execution of trompe l’oeil painting. trompe l’oeil is a type of painting by which various techniques and devices persuade the viewer that he or she is looking at actual objects, rather than objects or scenes that are in reality painted. braun’s work is both an unusual and brilliant example of trompe l’oeil. his hypnotic landscapes and still lifes have a playful quality in part due to the brilliant color palette.