Julian Beaver, (Beever) nicknamed The Picasso of Pavement, is a Belgian born English freelance street artist whose specialty is anamorphic chalk art drawings. A type of artistry known in France as trompe l'oeil meaning to deceive the eye, Julian combined European busking with his talent, and amazing skills which ultimately led to worldwide recognition.. Beaver uses flat surfaces such as streets and sidewalk as his canvas, then manifests 3-D optical illusions through the art of morphing. By looking at the anamorphic images from the correct angle, the picture seems to defy the laws of perspective. Some suggest art is all about the angle you approach it from, and in Beever's case, it's the various ways at which you look at his masterpieces that make observers say "wow!"
|Julian Beever pictured with his 3D chalk art drawings.|
Update! Due to the popularity of this post, Kristen sent me this note to share with my readers on Mr Beaver's New York showing:
I noticed that you have posted about Julian Beever and his artwork on your blog in the past, and I thought you would be interested in his newest creation. My agency recently worked with Julian to create the “Fountain of Youth” in Union Square in NYC a few weeks ago. We recorded a video of how he works and posted it on YouTube. You can check it out here:
It’s the first video we’ve seen produced of how he creates his amazing pavement drawings. Check it out, see what you think, and pass it along if you like it. Let me know if you’d like to know more about the campaign.
Julian Beaver's website: http://www.julianbeever.net/