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.
The pavement drawings have included both renderings of old masters plus a wealth of original inventive pieces of work.
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!!!!!
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.
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!
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.
The Artist At Work! The Fountain of Youth.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Beneath Every Street
The Fly Killer
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!
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!
All pictures from official Julian Beever website http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/
Pilena Khunsap on September 19, 2020:
These chalk arts really amaze me. It takes a real patient person to do this. I can't believe the amount of time and dedication this guy put into his work. I would love to see some of these in person one day!
Judith Darling 1 on February 05, 2020:
The artist does well to give the viewer the visual illusion of the works being 3 dimensional. Looking at the people on or by some of these works really intensifies this effect. I would love to see some of these in person one day.
Chastity Neal on November 06, 2019:
These works are amazing. The imagery appears as if it is real life and as of you could actually interact with the art.
Salimatou kourouma on September 15, 2019:
This art is amazing and beautiful, I love that pieces.
CelesteRamos on September 11, 2019:
I love that fact that people are able to interact or take pictures of the artwork. In a way, they also become part of the art. :)
Alexa Jimeenz on January 28, 2019:
this kind of art is beautiful to me and i would love to see more!!
Robert on September 19, 2018:
I really like these pieces, the amount of depth in them is truly amazing and one of a kind. I hope to one day visit them in person
libby f on June 15, 2018:
Just the thought of how much time and planning would go into just one of these only for it to be washed away only a few days later astounds me. I can only imagine the amount of dedication it would take to pull of something as unique and beautiful as this. Truly refreshing form of art.
Connor Hall on September 28, 2017:
This is insane! I never knew chalk drawings could look this realistic. I hope this guy didn't cause any traffic accidents with his artwork. This is some really good stuff.
Brooke Posey on September 20, 2017:
These pieces are amazing! I wish I could go see them in person, I feel like walking own these streets I would think I was actually walking into some of these, they're that realistic!
Carly Hough on September 19, 2017:
These works of art are absolutely amazing! The 3D makes them look like they are actually real life objects.
Isabel P on September 19, 2017:
This really shows the creativity that everyone has inn their own way. His work is truly stunning and we all know that he is very dedicated to it. He obviously holds nothing back when creating all of this. Its amazing to see one just one person can do, that they loved, and bring a smile to more people beyond what you could imagine.
Brooke Posey on September 18, 2017:
Wow! These pieces look so realistic they give art a different point of view.
ChaseH on July 21, 2017:
How does Julian get the precise measurments needed to make these pieces? Does he spend multiple hours measuring and chalking before he does them? Or does he just know naturally where to draw what?
GalaxyRat on June 20, 2017:
Made my day!
Alexis Williams on June 14, 2017:
These are amazing pieces and look real. The 3D makes it look real and pop out more. Great pieces of art.
Vanessa Ramirez on February 21, 2017:
These works are really amazing! You really have an awesome talent. I love the different 3D works you have done. I had to do a double take on some of them. Great work!
Daelen Kirby on February 19, 2017:
this art breaks your perception on imagery everything looks so lifelike
Noah Boyd on February 17, 2017:
I really like how the art is delusional to some people and how it is very different from the art we see today. It is also really amazing how he draws holes that look like you are going to fall.
karki on February 15, 2017:
they are just amazing art i ever saw. It looks so real. Its a truly an art I imagine ever.
Erin Brown on October 11, 2016:
That is so dope... I have trouble coloring in the lines. lol
Hannah Guajardo on July 20, 2016:
These pieces of art are amazing! Seeing the pictures pop out as in real life really caught my interest! Also the beauty of the work itself.
Jan T Urquhart Baillie from Australia on March 12, 2016:
Wow! Speechless! Thanks for sharing this with us.
Timothy Winkler on February 23, 2016:
Completely speechless! Been drawing all of my life and have never seen anything quite like this.
Miranda on October 08, 2015:
This art work is really amazing!
Kaylee Waldrop on September 28, 2015:
How is this even thought of? This art is so breath taking! It is amazing how someone could first come up with art like this but second draw it!
Loren Carlile on September 21, 2015:
I would love to walk down a street with these pieces of chalk art. I already know that I would believe most of these and would "avoid potholes" that were actually chalk drawings.
Cassandra M. Ramos on February 16, 2015:
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?
Anne Campagnet-Reed from San Francisco Bay Area on September 11, 2014:
Love it... Great pictures!
Blessing uwas arts1301 on July 18, 2014:
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 on June 23, 2014:
The drawings are extremely creative and a very innovative form of alternative art. It is extremely eye catching, 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 on June 22, 2014:
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.
Sarah Forester from Australia on February 24, 2014:
I love these so much! I wish I could see one in real life.
Ashley Stephens on February 23, 2014:
I think this art is really impressive, I believe that it is Alternative Art. I would like to know though if the Artist finds this to be Real Art? Its to see how they make them look so real like the guy holding the word WORLD!
Kandice on October 10, 2013:
Truly amazing! The creativity of these artists is out of this world! This has defiantly opened my eyes to the different varieties of art.
Pat on March 13, 2013:
I am so amazed at his work and am surprized how interesting it was and how he makes it jump out at you like a 3D picture.
Becca Franklin on February 28, 2013:
I think this is some of the coolest things i have ever seen. The art is amazing but since it is chalk it makes me sad to think that it will was away on the next rainfall.
Brenda Ventura on February 28, 2013:
This is awesome how he is able to make his artwork jump out and seem like its 3D. It seems like he has fun doing this, does it look like it to you? Shouldn't an artist enjoy their artwork?
Vimural from Tucson on February 03, 2013:
Love his work! A true street artist. So much patience involved.
kallie on October 07, 2012:
yoyo on June 27, 2012:
that is sick man thats wicked how does he do it its sick !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
zwitsal on May 06, 2012:
YoBoB on April 23, 2012:
cherid on March 27, 2012:
amazing artist! he's truly a gifted one....thumbs up!
jared on March 25, 2012:
Thanks for the world wide web and we can see talents like this. =)
elmertapic on March 25, 2012:
Tom on March 18, 2012:
I have visited NYC many times but never witnessed sidewalk art, when is the best time to see this form of artwork?
jerric corpuz on March 17, 2012:
wow this is so amazing
Juliane on March 14, 2012:
For me one of the best artists of the 21 century!
gagsyonzone on March 14, 2012:
Mirages! where feet stomp! art that's easy/surreal/free n easy to be enjoyed by all...sad thing that they gotto go, but then thats the wonderful part!
cr0st0n on February 28, 2012:
This is one of my favorite websites because these works are so spectacular, I only wish I was this talented.
ejlalart on February 25, 2012:
Is crazy in art
Heiko from Germany on February 24, 2012:
Julian, this is the best, i ever saw. I have no other words for this greate Art.
I think, ill never meet you, becouse im in Germany, handycapet, Family and allways busy. But its already greate, that i was found about you and i can enjoy it so much.
n.v. on February 18, 2012:
gconeyhiden from Brooklyn, N.Y.C. U.S.A on February 18, 2012:
awesome hub about awesome street artist.
mike on February 15, 2012:
holy holy holy thats insaneeee
thats 150 % amazing woooww woowww soooo coolllll !!!!!
Romeo Art Cordova on February 10, 2012:
desdee on February 04, 2012:
fantastic work you've given me a lot to think about in this area
ImUnNamed on February 03, 2012:
Matt on February 01, 2012:
These are amazing. What city do you do this in NY?
Paul on January 31, 2012:
this kind of art never ceases to amaze me. so much time and effort to make it happen!
there is a lot of them here as well with links to even more awesome examples both from beever and others. http://bit.ly/3dchalk
cmramirez on January 27, 2012:
Great!this is awesome, very artistic and beautiful
Jim Helfers on January 27, 2012:
Ray on January 25, 2012:
hey julian you have amazing skills im writting about yu for my school report. id love to actually meet you and collect some of your art work im a huge fan thnks for opening my eyes to the 3d world.
Madeleine on January 19, 2012:
Wow! you are really good at this!
Vera on January 18, 2012:
kalisia on January 15, 2012:
hi u are good im 10 im a artist too
rtseagull on January 12, 2012:
canvas could not do your street art justice,the 3d pictures that live in your mind are just amazing you're a new age master equal to the ones that came before you
JD on January 04, 2012:
marvellous, unbelievably marvellous
Mike on December 16, 2011:
This is incredible, this guy is a genius!
Suky Jones, Boston, MA on December 13, 2011:
Wow, you are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
johan g. on December 10, 2011:
I admire your work it is awesome I am inspired by your art.
Kyo Sohma on December 10, 2011:
KOOL PICS!HOW DO U DO THAT
Tracy on December 09, 2011:
Wow! Julian Beever is such a talented man. Thank you for sharing themwith teh rest of us
RckyuR on November 25, 2011:
jack mcc on November 20, 2011:
WOW this is mindblowing
annam on November 07, 2011:
amazing artwork.. still shcoked
Asia Wojtysiak on November 07, 2011:
i thought they were true WOW i wish i was an Artist like that person WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWOWOWOWOWOW
livy l. on November 03, 2011:
wow im still trying to find out what i want to be but i love art and i love your art so some day i hope to be like you.
Mary Mann on November 02, 2011:
Hey Julian Im doing a prodject on graffiti and would love it if you came to my school or atlesat write back... @ firstname.lastname@example.org thanx!!
Xiaosha Li on November 02, 2011:
I really love ur drawings~
Im Chinese and study in uk now.
I do my 3D artist research hw, i choose u!
I saw ur drawings on magazine when i was in primary school!
Ngobeni m on November 01, 2011:
it so amazed pictures.
Eric Smee on October 31, 2011:
Thank God I am a photographer for if I drew in chalk, I would have to give up. Thank you for these images
Muna Shrestha on October 30, 2011:
sammy teasle on October 26, 2011:
wow thats cool dude!
johnny deep on October 26, 2011:
amazing and beautiful art. i will give you a private tour of pirates of the carribeane and one million dollars, if you draw something in front of my manshion.
julia roberts on October 26, 2011:
wow thats amazing but i can really do better.
cc jones on October 26, 2011:
love your art work, my teacher mr.e showed us your art. cooooooooooooooooooooooool
jessica on October 19, 2011:
email@example.com on October 14, 2011:
how does he do that it is awsome
desaray on October 14, 2011:
this is awsome i wish i could do that it would be a aaaaaaaaaaawsome thing to do .
KelstonHunt@MozzilaFireox.org on October 14, 2011:
this is to cool to be true has this been put into history yet i mean if i was good i would MAKE!!! the president put my work in history books forever lol??
firstname.lastname@example.org on October 14, 2011:
thanks for the art work i love the one with the church one
Girl4martin@aol.com on October 14, 2011:
honnestly this cant be real thats amazing he should make the atr"uhtriumph
alexis on October 14, 2011:
this is cool i like the one with the coke
email@example.com on October 14, 2011:
omg ur drawings r sooo amazing i wish i could do something like that but i could never do something like that beast dude...!!!!
killer gillhh on October 14, 2011:
omg this dude is the beast
Girl4martin@aol.com on October 14, 2011:
how does he do this is crazy i mean it looks like its real
Rog on October 07, 2011:
SAW YOU ON THE ONE SHOW TONIGHT BBC1 - ONLY ONE WORD DESCRIBES YOUR ART ------- FANTASTIC
Harry on October 07, 2011:
The idiots who regard his work as graffiti would probably have said the same about the vatican ceiling painter