Don’t worry, you’re not seeing double, because hidden inside these mind-blowing oil paintings by artist Oleg Shuplyak lies a second layer of optical illusions. That’s right, behind each one of these carefully placed objects, characters, coloring and shadows, is a cleverly concealed second image. Continue reading for more.

Famous faces among those given Shuplyak’s painterly treatment include John Lennon, Pablo Picasso, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Paul Gauguin, Zeus and Uncle Sam. Using this style of painting it can be hard for the artist to balance the weight of the two images.

The artist reverses our expectations by making the second image is so easily seen that you can actually struggle to see the first one – in his case usually unknown characters in a landscape setting. Observing the painting closely and attempting not to concentrate on the central face it should still be possible to see the initial setting.

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