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Julian Beever

Updated on September 30, 2009

Julian Beever is the greatest pavement artist

Julian Beever is an English artist that creates surreal chalk drawings on pavement surfaces. His art is sometimes so convincing that people avoid potholes he has drawn on a pavement. His nickname is "the pavement picasso". His chalk art can take days to create but only last for a short time after being stomped by pedestrians or destroyed by the elements. His art continues to live, however, by photographs taken at the time. Julian discovered his talent as an artist in the 1980s. The art of creating an image that looks real is called trompe l'oeil. He has worked in the UK, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the USA and Australia. There seems to be a common chain email letter depicting his art. This in fact is what inspired me to create this squidoo page. He used to work in Punch & Judy show and that's where he saw other pavement artists that inspired him to try it. The 3D aspect came later: "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.

His art is created with chalk. First, like a skillful architect, he first designs his creations on paper. Once he starts, Julian places a camera at a distance of the art and keeps observing it through the lens of the eye. The reason is simple: the camera has a wide angled lens that can create an optical ilusion that can distort the actual size of objects. "I think because the camera limits what your brain can do," he said, "it limits the brain's ability to judge distance, it makes you only use one eye. And therefore you can make the brain believe stuff that otherwise it wouldn't believe." This is what is known as anamorphism. Once he gets started on his creation, he goes back and forth from his art to the camera a few hundred times to gain perspective. Once it's created, the results will appear extraordinary as evidenced in the photos on this lens. it will slowly disappear due to nature. He is not worried about it disappearing, since he and millions of others are able to capture photographs of his creation that will forever live in the internet

More about his life

There is not much more about Julian's life, when confronted with private questions such as "how much do you make from this?", he will not respond or ignore you, he would rather discuss questions about his art. Overall, Julian is very thankful to the internet because otherwise he would not have had the chance to show all his art to millions of people and gain the notariety he well deserves. "It's that photograph that goes on the Internet. Then thousands of people will see it. It will be there forever. It doesn't vanish, really. The drawing on the ground is just a vehicle. "

Amazing artwork of Julian Beever

Some sampling of his amazing work.

Take note of each painting and vote for on the Poll below. What you see are all pavement drawings that create a 3D illusion!

1. People actually avoid the sidewalk thinking there is a hole.

2. Hang on!

3. With Spiderman

4. Water rafting

5. Two people on top of a tower.

6. Batman and Robin, quickly save Julian, he's falling from a building!

7. Feeding a seal

8. Ready for the pool?


9. Waterfall. Simply amazing..and the art isn't bad too.

10. Time for a coke, are you thirsty?

11. Earth

What it actually looks like from the side.

Julian's artwork poll

What picture from the gallery above is your favorite

See results

Trompe l'oeil is perspective illusionism. It is often seen in church murals with flat surfaces looking like they are being arched. What you see in the picture does not really exist, it is painted.

Julian Beever Shows you how he does it

Watch this video of the pavement picasso at work. He created this fountain of youth for Aveeno.

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What do you think about Julian Beever and his art?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Words can't describe the awesome quality of work that Julian does. It's too bad that his work is only recorded in photographs. This is some of the most impressive work. "Street Art" is an understatement.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I think he is amazing!!!! Incredible work!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i love his art it is so amazing .........i wish i can draw like him(in my dreams ) ............. :(

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      VSP 8 years ago

      His work is amazing. His work deserves to be showcased. He's included in my lens

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      GoD of StreeT Art --- Bestest of All--- My Idol

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      imfrom Singapore and im soo amazed by the art works he had... Its my greatest dream to him... but i know it is definitely impossible... i really hope you colour this world with ur beautiful art ... i really idolise u... i really hope u would spare sometime for a fan from Singapore... if possible, create sumting for my name (Abdul Mannan) .... Thank You

      so Much... Street art belongs to you.....

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      The man is a genius and his art should be hanging in people's homes and galleries. He must have a very sore back bending all the time. Great work in bringing this wonderful art alive for your audience. It is no small feat but it is great stuff. 5* fave and lens rolled.


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great job! I love ur artwork! I think ur absolutley amazing!

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      amy1980 8 years ago

      This is incredible! I wish I could actually see one of these great pieces of art. Thank you for bringing it to me.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I saw something new today the name of an amazing and talented artist, thanks for sharing your creations

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      TopVA4U 8 years ago

      I have seen an email with Julian Beever's work on it and it is so totally amazing!! I didn't know what his name was until I stopped in to view this site. Great Lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Dude, this guy is unbeleivable!

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      California_Dreamin 8 years ago

      Julian Beever is so amazing. I would love to see one of his works in the flesh, or actually, in the chalk I guess.

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      Linda Jo Martin 9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love this beautiful artwork! 5*, blessed.

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      ssuthep 9 years ago

      WOW! Totally amazing. I had never heard of Julian Beever before and I am now a big fan. Amazing art. You have presented your material extremely well with great content and fantastic pics. A hearty Squid Angel Blessing for this lens.

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      EpicFarms 9 years ago

      Absolutely amazing work! What a wonderfully talented artist :o) 5* and a smile.


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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens! I just learned about street art a few years back and was totally amazed at this medium. I loved your lens and Julian is truly so talented. I added your lens as a feature lens on my Street Painting and The Massey Street Painting Festival - Kathy

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      tonyab lm 9 years ago

      Simply amazing! I've seen info on Julian Beever before, but your lens tops it. :-D

      Thanks - and thanks for paying me a visit too! I faved, and a most definite 5*'s. Wow.

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      That guys art is amazing! I love the illusions! Great lens!

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      NAIZA LM 9 years ago

      Awesome lens! I love all Julian Beever's artwork... I enjoyed all the pictures and very informative! Definitely, a fabulous five! :)

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      GrowWear 9 years ago

      Wow! Fascinating! 5*s

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      So unique, and so original. Take all adjectives related to the word "Brilliant" and multiply it by infinity. Then, you might have scratched the surface of this man's talent!!!

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      Christene-S 9 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'd never heard of Julian Beever. Thanks for bringing this incredible artist to my attention. Five stars.

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      Ruth Coffee 9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Stunning artwork! You've created a very interesting and eyecatching lens.

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      xTekSupp 10 years ago

      What a trip! Yes this should get 5 stars! Got to get back to work now!

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      CapeMan LM 10 years ago

      Julian's art is truly amazing! A God-given talent!

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      Teacher Adez7 10 years ago

      Julian is certainly an accomplished artist with a talent similar to that of M.C. Escher. His ability to create a 3-D effect in two dimensions boggles the mind. This is a first rate lens worthy of 5 stars and more! :)