The Incredible Art Of Julian Beever!

The Artist

Julian Beever is an English chalk artist who has been creating chalk drawings on pavement since the mid-1990s that create the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the right location. These trompe-l'oeil drawings are created using a projection called anamorphosis and appear to defy the laws of perspective.

Besides the 3D art, Beever paints murals and replicas of the works of masters and oil paintings, and creates collages. He is often hired as a performance artist and to create murals for companies. Beever is interested in advertising and marketing, as well. He has worked in the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, the USA and Australia.

Julian Beever
Julian Beever

Blair?

Commissioned by Britain's Channel 4 for its Midnight Special during the 1997 general election, Beever chose to draw "Politicians Meeting Their End" outside the Bank of England.
Commissioned by Britain's Channel 4 for its Midnight Special during the 1997 general election, Beever chose to draw "Politicians Meeting Their End" outside the Bank of England.
The pavement drawings have included both renderings of old masters plus a wealth of original inventive pieces of work.

Boat

People are actually avoiding walking in the "hole"
People are actually avoiding walking in the "hole"
Julian Beever has made pavement drawings for over ten years. More chalk drawings from Julian Beever. Scroll down slowly and stop at each new frame. Incredible!!!!!

The Hosepipe

Beever's work is so convincing that people swerve to avoid potholes he has drawn in the street.
Beever's work is so convincing that people swerve to avoid potholes he has drawn in the street.
Girl On Beach Mat
Girl On Beach Mat
Below is Beever's self-proclaimed best-known drawing, "Swimming-pool on High Street." "My art is for anybody. It's for people who wouldn't go into an art gallery. It's art for the people," explained Beever, when asked why he prefers the pavement to more traditional artistic mediums.

Swim

Remember, both his feet in reality are flat on the pavement!
Remember, both his feet in reality are flat on the pavement!

Since 2004 a chain letter containing his art (sometimes mixed with similar art by Kurt Wenner) has been circulating on the Internet.

For more insight please read my hub about Kurt Wenner. You can find a lot of pictures and a video how his art is done in this hub. Enjoy!

Is this the real thing!

No, this is not a cut-and-paste of a real coke bottle in Photoshop. This coke bottle is drawn. In chalk. On pavement. Really incredible, I'm sure you'll agree.
No, this is not a cut-and-paste of a real coke bottle in Photoshop. This coke bottle is drawn. In chalk. On pavement. Really incredible, I'm sure you'll agree.
Which is the real guy & which beer is real?
Which is the real guy & which beer is real?

Featured in Treasure Hunting magazine, Beever's mounds of gold were part of a series used by White's Electronics of Inverness, the world's leading metal detector manufacturers based in Inverness, United Kingdom. See the picture below.

Treasure Hunt!
Treasure Hunt!

Mosaic

Beever's "Beneath Every Car Park" reveals the hidden treasures buried under our feet. "The important thing for me is to get a photo of it at the end," said Beever.  "For me, I'm working toward building a photograph as my end result"
Beever's "Beneath Every Car Park" reveals the hidden treasures buried under our feet. "The important thing for me is to get a photo of it at the end," said Beever. "For me, I'm working toward building a photograph as my end result"

Pavement Picasso

To promote an article written about him in the British newspaper The Sun, Beever drew himself drawing himself. He admits that some people do see his work as graffiti and don't believe it has a place on public streets.
To promote an article written about him in the British newspaper The Sun, Beever drew himself drawing himself. He admits that some people do see his work as graffiti and don't believe it has a place on public streets.

The Artist At Work! The Fountain of Youth.

The Lobster

Beever's "Rescue" was meant to be viewed through an inverting mirror. "I used to do portraits and conventional drawings on the sidewalk," explained Beever. "One day I saw a particular sidewalk where there were rectangles of tiles and that gave me the idea to create [3D drawings]." Beever continued to experiment and eventually realized that "if you could make things go down in the pavement, you could also make them look as if they're coming out of the pavement." Below is the picture.

The Rescue

Below is, "Portable Computer," drawn on the Strand in London. Typically, Beever's drawings take three days to complete and remain as long as the weather and pedestrians permit. However, months of planning and preparation go in to his creations. "When you're working outdoors, you never know what's going to happen -- it can always go wrong. It's a pleasure and relief to get it finished."

Laptop

Rembrandt

Above is the masterpiece, taking inspiration from his tools, Beever constructs his own rendition of a Rembrandt. The full effect of Beever's work is truly appreciated only when viewed through the wide-angle lens on his camera. To construct these masterpieces, Beever painstakingly double checks each stroke through that lens to make sure it achieves the desired effect. "It's very hard work but running about between the camera and the drawing keeps me warm, and I just keep aiming at my final result," he said.

Post Modern

It looks like a piece of the pavement has been taken out.
It looks like a piece of the pavement has been taken out.

Many of his creations are optical illusions, such as this one, where Julian appears to be perched on a ledge, waiting for Batman and Robin to climb the building and rescue him.

In reality, there is just pavement in front of him, and the street below together with the expectant crowd, plus the blazing building below him, are all tricks played on the eye (a modern example of trompe l'oeil - a French term that means literally 'trick the eye').

An absolutely insane chalk drawing on the pavement. Batman an Robin are going to save a man from a burning building. Don't you get high anxiety when you look at this drawing ? Note the level of details : the real pavement is actually casting a "shadow" on the buildings below it.

Friendly Neighbourhood

Spiderman, Spiderman!
Spiderman, Spiderman!

Beneath Every Street

Beneath Every Street! Beever's "Beneath Every Street" unearths the mechanics behind the luxuries the Western world takes for granted every day.
Beneath Every Street! Beever's "Beneath Every Street" unearths the mechanics behind the luxuries the Western world takes for granted every day.

The Fly Killer

Dive?

Time to take bath now!
Time to take bath now!

Some images of the street drawing

on the Flickr site are attributed to

Julian Beever when the actual artist

is Kurt Wenner (www.kurtwenner.com).

You’ll notice that Kurt’s artwork has

a much more classical flavor to it than

Julian’s. That being said, both artists

are incredibly talented. You can also

refer to the hub Awesome Kurt Wenner

Check it out!

Latest Works

Ok. Now you must be real bored scrolling down all this way. Although I have many more in my collection, I will stop this with one last picture. Thank you for your patience and support. Please do not forget to comment. Do you know that Julian also makes fine art paintings?

Tired, Need a drink now!

Placing the Orders. This one was published in The Daily Mail on Christmas Eve 2007
Placing the Orders. This one was published in The Daily Mail on Christmas Eve 2007
Anamorphic Breakfast. This drawing is, unusually, on paper. It was featured on NBC's Today show
Anamorphic Breakfast. This drawing is, unusually, on paper. It was featured on NBC's Today show
a colony of leaf-cutter ants builds a bridge
a colony of leaf-cutter ants builds a bridge
Dungeon
Dungeon
This drawing was the subject of Episode 1 of the Gallery HD television series  Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.
This drawing was the subject of Episode 1 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.
Feeding the fish.
Feeding the fish.
Eiffel Tower. This drawing in Paris was the subject of Episode 8 of the Gallery HD television series  Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.
Eiffel Tower. This drawing in Paris was the subject of Episode 8 of the Gallery HD television series Concrete Canvas shown in the USA.
This drawing in Amsterdam is thought to be the first anamorphic still-life ever to be drawn on a pavement. The real-life arrangement was set up in situ.
This drawing in Amsterdam is thought to be the first anamorphic still-life ever to be drawn on a pavement. The real-life arrangement was set up in situ.
Superheroes III - A Transformers robot  leaves the New York subway.
Superheroes III - A Transformers robot leaves the New York subway.
Worldcard in Istanbul.
Worldcard in Istanbul.

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Cassandra M. Ramos 19 months ago

Julian Beever, your art work is truly magnificent. It has taken complex to a whole new level. I've seen some pretty good art work but yours is outstanding. Do you believe your talent comes from genetics or truly from talent?


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AnneCReed 2 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

Love it... Great pictures!


Blessing uwas arts1301 2 years ago

Wow! What a world! I have never seen anything like this before. I mean, all I can say is 'wow' while going through all this work of arts. Totally mind-blowing, amazing paintings I must say. Viewing all these paintings definitely do expand my definition of art. As we all know that, "Art" is the expression of creative skill and imaginations. He must be proud of his work 'paintings' because I am proud of him....


Maria Gitau 2 years ago

The drawings are extremely creative and a very innovative form of alternative art. It is extremely eyecatching, and definitely expands my definition of art. It is amazing as how it can grasp an individuals attention just because it's on the ground!


Michael Morrill 2 years ago

This is seriously some of the coolest stuff I have ever seen! I think its insane how talented he is and the way he portrays depth in his drawings and all with chalk on the pavement, something I think most people can relate to doing as kids, but taken completely to the next level.


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