Renowned abstract illusionist George D. Green brings a major retrospective of his 'trompe l'oeil' style to the 510 Museum & ARTspace

PHOTO COURTESY OF ARTS COUNCIL OF LAKE OSWEGO - Abstract illusionist George D. Green was the guest of honor last week at the opening of 'Visual Magic,' a major restropective of his work from the 1980s to today. Green's work has been featured in galleries and museums around the world. Nearly 200 people attended this month's opening in Lake Oswego of artist George D. Green's "Visual Magic — Robust Exuberance to Contemplative Revelation." The major restrospective is on display through March 31 at the 510 Museum & ARTspace.

Green, a renowned abstract illusionist with deep ties to Lake Oswego — he's a fifth-generation Oregonian — was on hand for the opening.

The exhibition includes pieces from his "exhuberant 1980s and the contemplative 2000s to the present." It offers an up-close look at his signature "trompe l'oeil" style, which tricks the eye into perceiving a flat, painted detail as a three-dimensional object; in some of the pieces, even the frames and mats are painted illusions.

Green honed his style during a 30-year period in New York City, where he and his family slept on the floor of a SoHo loft. Since then, his pieces have been featured in 160 national and international exhibitions and have hung in 71 museums worldwide.

Pieces are for sale throughout the exhibition, along with posters, T-shirts, and catalogues. The 510 Museum & ARTspace is located at 510 First St. in Lake Oswego; gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and by appointment.

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