Art and Illusion : lecture by Nick Pearson

Nick Pearson

5 Jun

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD


Class details

Join Nick for an enthralling lecture on art and illusion. Artists across the ages and different cultures have been interested in visual phenomena such as illusions, mirrors and what can be done with lenses. For the next three thought-provoking, but always entertaining talks, Nick will be looking at how artists, from Caravaggio and Velasquez to Picasso and Bridget Riley have used these phenomena in their work and why they have held such a fascination for them – and us.

Monday 5 June


£10 including light refreshments

During this 2 hour lecture Nick looks at

  • the development of perspective in the Renaissance
  • anamorphic images
  • trompe l’oeil
  • the ‘Ames room’
  • light, shade and relative values
  • figure and ground
  • colour perception
  • ambiguous forms
  • motion illusions
  • ‘seeing’ things that are not there
  • ‘Gestalt completion’
  • and impossible structures

If all that sounds frighteningly scientific, it is true that artists have used such tricks of perception for centuries (without necessarily knowing the science of it) – but it is the work of artists like Velazquez, Hogarth, Dali, Escher, Riley and others that we can all sit back and enjoy in this lecture as they fool us into seeing things we may not believe or didn’t expect!

After the lecture Nick sends you the notes for future reference.

Interested in exploring art and illusion? Join Nick on 5 June.

We look forward to seeing you.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 5 Jun -
Monday 10:00 am
Fees: £10

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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