A look at 3-D Illusionist art in Austin


by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9:51 PM

AUSTIN -- A stroke here, a highlight there, and all of sudden Solomon Perry has a 3-D mural.

"I am doing a gigantic underwater theme illusion from some parallel universe," said Perry.

It's actually not so sudden. The mural on south side of U.S. 183 near Duval has taken two months and about 50 gallons of paint so far, Perry said.

"Right now, I am actually bringing out highlights on this fish, so the head appears to pop out just a little bit more. And this mid-section, I'm adding darks to to push it back," said Perry, pointing at his artwork.

He said he uses blue for depth, and yellow to bring things forward.

"Then, you put the highlight on the very tip, and it creates that kind of forward and back kind of feel," Perry said.

If you look, you'll find Perry's artwork popping out at you across Austin.

As one of the Austin Art Board winners, you can see his work on a billboard on Highway 71, south of the "Y" at Oak Hill.

"It's called 'Serendipitious.' And from the right angle, it actually appears to go back in dimension," said Perry.

You'll find a bench at the airport, which he worked on as a mentor with children and the United Way. He also painted murals on Sixth and San Jacinto streets as well as on Riverside Drive and Barton Springs Road.

Perry said he had to work to build his portfolio to get paid.

"I started doing it for free, as well as sidewalk chalk art," Perry said.

He encouraged other artists to do the same thing.

"Ultimately, you can receive the same type of fame, for the same act under commission type sitiuation, instead of an illegal situation," said Perry.

He said to look within, invent and market yourself, then go with the flow.

Find out more about Perry's art here.