This month, we travel into deepest, darkest north London. Well, off Seven Sisters Road which for us South Londoners feels a long way to go! Located on the junction of Salterton road and Windsor Road is a trompe l’oiel style mural painted in 1985. The gable wall of the mid Victorian house is painted with a fake facade which mimics the architectural style of the building.
Through each of the windows,something different can be seen – a vase, some clouds, a cat and someone peeking out!
As the viewer gets to the edge of the image they realise that even the bricks aren’t real!
It seems there might have been a bit of a trend for this type of mural at time. Ken White did a large trompe l’oeil in Covent Garden in 1982. This image is from his website – click the picture to see his other work!
Gabriels Wharf, near Waterloo, still shows the remains of a row of painted house facades, also painted at some point in the 1980s. It is a visual trick which most people enjoy. Go and see if you can find anymore!