From Margaret Everton on June 30, 2010 in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is home to an amazing artist. He hasnt quite attained to the stature of a Michelangelo, but hes on the way. And the artistic mastery that he is producing is certainly reminiscent of, and inspired by, the late great Michelangelo.
The Philadelphians name is John DeVlieger. His specialty is large wall murals for the inside of upscale homes and businesses in the Philadelphia area. Thanks to a resurgence in classical art and in-home artistic touches, DeVliegers specialty found immediate attraction among the Philadelphia elite. By the time he had finished his first mural assignment, he had more potential patrons clamoring for his services.
The wall mural was suddenly in high demand. According to DeVlieger, it was very fashionable. For an artist virtually brimming with creativity and passion for wall muraling, this fashion-seeking clientele suited DeVlieger just fine.
DeVlieger paints whatever his clients want him to paint. Nearly all of his works incorporate an artistic technique called trompe lil, painting in such a way to create an illusion of depth and reality. It is precisely his mastery of this technique that caused the Philadelphia artist to attain such prestige. Adding a mural to a wall of a room is like adding a fourth dimensiona separate yet unified area of time, space, climate, culture, beauty, growth, and life that is at one with the room itself. DeVlieger has imitated Michelangelo works, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema works, and has even painted a mural of a French garden, a beach scene and an underwater scene.
The Philadelphia artist prides himself on being able to deliver whatever a client can dream up, but really its DeVliegers creative prowess that produces the masterpiece. Taking a plain wall, ceiling or surface and transforming it into a masterpiece is what its all about. What Michelangelo did to the Sistine chapel centuries ago, DeVlieger is doing to Philadelphia homes today.