Meet Gary Erbe, a modern master of the ancient art of trompe l’oeil painting. A French term, trompe l’oeil literally means “fool the eye,” and that is exactly what Erbe does in truly astonishing ways. A completely self-taught artist, he creates extraordinarily detailed compositions often based on pop-culture themes. We visit the artist at his home studio in Nutley, NJ and at the Morven Museum in Princeton, NJ, site of a major retrospective of his work.

Eric G. Schultz produced and directed the feature for State of the Arts. Dan Gordon narrates and Joe Conlon and Kirk Sohr were the videographers.