Julian Beever is the creator of “anamorphic” 3D illusions on the pavement; however, the artist explains that his work cannot be seen with the naked eye, a camera needs to be used. Born in Cheltenham, United Kingdom in 1959, he studied art at Leeds Metropolitan University. Julian Beever 3D art began in the pavement in the 90s. Some of his early work included well-known characters to grab the attention of people. He developed the “anamorphic” illusions of mere curiosity. Julian says: “I started when I was on a pedestrian street in Brussels, where there was an old garden city, decided to be eliminated. This left an unusual rectangle slabs that gave me the idea of turning this into a pool drawn in the middle of the street … soon I realized that if you can make things seem to go down into the pavement, it could also give the perfect illusion”.
Some have started calling Beever “The Pavement Picasso”. He believes it is very flattering, but also says his work has little in common with Picasso. Demand for their work increased considerably over a period of time and now many businesses seek to change the place with one of his works. So far he has worked in 28 different countries. Julian still finds time to draw pictures for his own satisfaction.
Artist: Julian Beever