Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Julian Beever Chalk Art

I'm sure many of you have seen some of this great art before. I'm in awe of his talent, what he can do with chalk is amazing. If you have seen it before I apologize for the repeat, if you haven't I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

New chalk art from Julian Beever

I just love this guy's work! All of his art works are done on flat sidewalks, but he works with perspective and the art looks like it has depth. Amazing!! I've sent his work through before, but these are new. Gotta share it....-

Julian Beever

Pavement Picasso

Julian Beever is an English artist who's famous for his anamorphic art

on the pavements of England , France , Germany , USA , Australia and Belgium .

Beever gives an amazing illusion to his drawings, so that the objects appear

to be three dimensional rather than flat as they actually are.

Work in progress

Work completed

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

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.

Did you spot tiny Julian Beever on the Top of the Bottle?

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.'
People avoid the hole.

Hosing down the street
Everything is fake, even the hose and water!

Watch out!

Land Use

There is no hole in this pavement.

'Today I'm drawing Felix the Cat gate-crashing the Chinese New Year
of the dog. He's popping put of the ground in a Chinese dragon costume.'
Chinese Dragon with Felix the Cat

Politicians get sucked into a pit. Who will save them?

Baby Food I'm not too crazy about this one.

Baby Food viewed from the opposite side

'Once I realised you could make things go down,

I realised you could make them appear to go up

and I began experimenting.'

Make Poverty History - side view - 40 ft long
Make Poverty History - front view

Art for the people.

'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.'

Visit with Santa
The important thing for me is to get a photo of it at the end.

For me, I'm working towards building a photograph as my end result,

and if I get that I'm happy.'
'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.'

Julian Beever - Self Portrait


Kathy said...

Isnt his work incredible Lynne and I totally agree that Art should be for everyone, fantastic post girl, loved every bit of it :) hugs, Kathy

Blondie's Journal said...

Lynne, this is just the greatest post! I just can't believe what I am seeing. The first picture really threw me & I had to go back when you wrote it was three dimensional. What a talented artist Julian is! I hope he gets his due recognition.

Thank you for sharing this facinating subject! :-)


Tamara Jansen said...

That is absolutely STUNNING! How is it even possible?

Barbara Jean said...

Thanks for your encouragement, and also more places to get involved.

I have been tagged, so I'm distracted, not so much by what to say about myself, as to whom i should tag. Didn't think that would be so hard.

So, if i get it done, don't be surprised if you end up on the list.

Talk soon. so much going on, and i feel like i am getting behind. New photos to post....

I don't know how all you so busy people do it!

hugs and blessings,


Four Paws and Co said...

Wouldn't it be amazing to have a talent like his? WOW! ♥

The Muse said...

the vision of man is a gift from heaven is it not? :) just lovely!

Mom in High Heels said...

WOW! That is amazing. I can't believe it all just washes away. What talent! Thanks for sharing this. Lovly blog, BTW.

Kat said...

Lynne you know I loved this post! This man is amazing, I've seen his work before (unfortunately never in person) and it is just incredible. Thanks for sharing this, I've not seen alot of these. That butterfly just takes your breath away. Absolutely art should be for everyone! Great post. Kathy

Jewel Sauls said...

Lynne, Thanks so much for sharing this! I had never heard of him! Truly amazing effects he creates! :D Jewel

Kristen said...

I love his work and so enjoy seeing these ppictures. I would love to see them in person.

Jessica said...

Incredible! I've never seen anything like it!

Hugs~ J

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

That is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. What a talent he has...I am stunned at the dimensions he presents...and yet it's flat. (All I can draw are stick figures!) Linda : )

Dixie said...

beautiful works of art... I've seen his work before, and I still think it's a shame that when it rains...

thanks for sharing the beauty and talent of a fine artist!

hugs. Dixie

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I have seen pictures of some of his work before and it just amazes he. I had not seen most of these. What a great post and thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Marty

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM this man not amazing..When I first seen these last year I looked him up online..he is suppose to come to Newy York again...but fat chance I 'll get to see it there...hope you have a great day dear ya sis...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

OMG. This guy is just INCREDIBLE. Never seen this before, the artist is amazing...astonishing talent!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh Lynne...That's amazing! I think I'd cry if it rained, though!! !Thanks for sharing! Hope you are having a great day!...Debbie

The Raggedy Girl said...

I have never seen this before and it is truly amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it and I cannot believe that everyone wouldn't see it as art.
Roberta Anne

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I had seen pictures of some of his work before, but not these. His talent is just amazing. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

xinex said...

Incredible talent....amazing pictures!....Christine

Anonymous said...

I had not seen these new ones.They're fabulous.I didn't like the baby food much either.I just donot see HOW he does it.Thank you ms Lynne...ann

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Lynne, I have seen his work before. But, I am still amazed each & every time I see it. This was a beautiful post!
Hugs gf, Terrie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Good Mornin' Dearheart...

Just stopping by with a big hug and a smooch for you...hehe!!! I hope that you're finding the day smilin' down upon you, Girlfriend!!!

Don't you just love Julian Beever's art? I've received several emails of his street art...he is so very talented! I like to dabble in drawing and painting and this man's perception of perspective is beyond me!!!

Well Sweetie...sending you my very best wishes for a terrific Thursday!

Love ya,

Tootsie said...

oh to have a fraction of his talent!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I have received emails of some of his work, but you have included a lot of new I haven't seen before. It's always great to revisit again. How amazing!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

I'm back...hehe!!! I have a decorating dilemma and would love your advise...I just put it up on my blog...if you have the time, I'd sure appreciate your input!!!

Love ya,

Glenda said...

I truly am glad that he makes sure to photograph his work, or indeed all would be lost. My mind goes numb thinking of seeing it all go literally down the drain.

I wonder how he puts bread on his table. Does he get paid for these magnificent temporary works of art? I guess I need to research him on the Internet. After all, the man's got to make a living.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Glenda, I was wondering some of those same things. Surely if he's this talented with chalk he's talented with other avenues in the art world. hugs ~lynne~

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Lynne, Very cool! I have seen this before and it's so fascinating.

I'm really leaning towards hanging the bird topper in our kitchen. It just seems like the perfect place for it. I really love it!
My hubby liked it too and he never says anything! Did you get the check?

Can you believe I also found another topper at the Pottery that I told you is closing here. What?
I know. I think I am a bit topper crazy. This one requires an initial in the center. I just haven't figured out how I'm going to pull that off. HMM...Maybe I'll blog about it like Chari just did. LOL! :)

Have a good one. ~Melissa

Anonymous said...

Amazing gift, incredible work!

Cindy J. said...

Lynne how are you sweetie? This is an incredible post, imagine being able to "see" to do this. Hope things are going well at your lovely home. Love, Cindy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

WHAT a TRIP!! Thanks so much for giving us the gift of his gift!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Cindy, how nice to have you stop by for a visit. I always love when you stop in.. I hope things are well your way.. hugs ~lynne~

Designs on 47th Street said...

That work truly is amazing.

Lynne, I will not be sewing these drapes! Way too much yardage and way too scary for my sewing skills. I'm glad you like what I plan to do. Pictures will come..hopefully sooner than later! ;)

Magnolia Memories08 said...

His art is just the best. Such a talent for other people to enjoy.I truly enjoy his art.Thank you for stopping by my blog. I don't have many to visit so it is nice to see a few
Have a great Friday Lynn

Barbara Jean said...

I think i did it right, except couldn't think of 7 people. Brain dead i think.

Anyway, i did tag you, so if you want to play just list 7 things about yourself (weird, funny or whatever), then list 7 other people you are tagging. Let them know.

This is probably old stuff to you. =)

blessings friend.

Barbara jean

Carol said...

I'm amazed each time I see this his art work! Thanks so much for sharing!

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Hi Lynne! I don't care how many times I see his work - it always amazes me! and yes there were a few new ones in there..this guy is incredible! Thanks for posting it. ~ Laurie

3d Street Artists said...

These are great drawings! Thanks for following. Would love to see you more! Take care! :)

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