Find Darwin and Freud in Oleg Shuplyak’s Optical Illusion Paintings


Ukranian Artist Oleg Shuplyak incorporates the historical likes of Darwin, Freud, and Alexander Suvorov into his paintings, but they’re not always noticeable at first glance. By creating strategic outdoor oil scenes, paintings that initially appear as simple renderings of countrysides secretly reveal hidden, optically illusive portraits. Can you see the faces? Shuplyak’s houses double as eyes, swans double as ears, and horses double as noses, and we’re impressed. Enjoy a selection of his mind-boggling paintings after the jump, then check out Amsterdam Art Gallery for more of Oleg Shuplyak’s varying styles.

Oleg Shuplyak, Portrait Shevchenko II, oil on cardboard, 18.9″ x 25.6 ”

Oleg Shuplyak, Darwin (Science and Religion), oil on cardboard, 19.7″ x 26″

Oleg Shuplyak, Vakula’s Flight by Gogol N.V., oil on cardboard, 16.5″ x 23.6″

Oleg Shuplyak, Freud Voyeur, oil on cardboard, 18.5″ x 16.5″

Oleg Shuplyak, Suvorov in the Alps and Back, oil on cardboard, 16.5″ x 23.6″ [Spotted via Illusion]