New chalk art from Julian Beever

New chalk art from Julian Beever

Julian Beever is an English artist who's famous for his anamorphic art on the pavements of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium. Julian admits that some people see his work as graffiti, and don't feel it has a place on public streets. Happily, he says, he mostly receives a positive reaction and people like and enjoy his art. The 3D aspect to his work came much later while he was working in Brussels, "I decided to get into 3D after seeing the effect of tiles being removed from the street, and later trying to recreate the sense of depth in a drawing."

Work in progress

Work completed

Hard to believe that the little boy is standing flat on the pavement!

Did you spot tiny Julian Beever on the top of the bottle?

Hosing down the street

Everything is fake, even the hose and water!

Julian Beever - Self Portrait

"My art is for anybody, it's for people who wouldn't go into an art gallery.
It's art for the people..."

"Art shouldn't be locked away in galleries and libraries and books.
Art should be for everybody and not just art buffs, historians
and so-called experts."

Julian works in chalk, so his art, which takes up to 3 days to complete,
is there only as long as the elements allow,
"If it rains it means I've done a lot of hard work for nothing,
but I usually manage to avoid that."

"The secret is to set up a camera on a tripod and keep it in one spot
and check every mark you make. It's really just playing with perspective
to make it appear different to what it really is."