Deborah Bowness’ 20th Century Trompe L’Oeil

Deborah Bowness’ refers to her wallpapers as Trompe L’Oeil, a French design style that ‘tricks the eye’, creating an illusion of space and rendering flat images into almost three-dimensional objects.

“My prints feature life size domestic objects – I’m inspired by everyday objects around me.  The paper I make is unique.  I worked out my own production techniques and combine digital and silk screen printing.  I often describe the look as an old style tinted photograph.  All the paper I design is printed in the small factory run by my sister in the north of England.”

-Deborah Bowness (Source)

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The objects on Deborah’s wallpapers almost look real, even when set beside or against real objects.

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My favorite are these bookshelves.  Imagine all these books on your wall sans dust?

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“I really wanted to make my art useful and wanted a functional surface with an instant result which took me in the direction of printing onto paper as opposed to fabric.”

-Deborah Bowness

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See more of Deborah’s wallpapers here.

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