Learn how these objects appear to float within deceptive flat-canvas paintings

Learn how these objects appear to float within deceptive flat-canvas paintings

Drawing in three-dimensional perspective is difficult enough as it is, don’t even get me started on painting. Well, maybe just this once…

Self-taught artist Mad King AKA Jake Johanson is a master of illusion. Using repeating patterns and geometric shapes he creates flat paintings that, no matter which angle you view them from, appear to have massive depth. Armed with a combination of metallic and poly-acrylic paints, the Denver-based artist manages to give each of his pieces a sense of parallax, where the foreground elements seem to float in front of a patterned background. Check out some of his amazing layered artwork below. 

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