There are some pieces of art that are created out of the love of pure creation of a work. Then there are some that are born out of the love (or hate) for mankind, the world around the artist, or sometimes their own humanity. The piece I found to share in this post actually does a little of both, as the painting and its motivations are as unique as the painter himself.
The first of my posts on Non-Western traditional art, I found this work sifting through some larger paintings of the Yangtze River. You can thank me later for not posting the Ten Thousand Miles of the Yangtze River, since that probably would crash any computer you’re trying to view it on its so large. Instead, I found a much smaller depiction of the great river in China, painted during the Ming Dynasty, by Wu Wei.
For this post, I thought it would be interesting and slightly challenging to create a different kind of virtual exhibit. An exhibit of works created in the modern era, but not on traditional canvas or paper. This virtual exhibit will focus on the fantastic and widely popular tromp-l’oeil street painting styles of two of its most influential and famous artists, Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner. Not only do the works shown below show off the different street illusions created by these artists, but they represent a spectacle of being able to watch an artist work publically to create his work, as well as participate and sometimes be a part of the work itself. These six works also show off a kind of melding of the old and new styles of visual arts, sometimes exhibiting traits and imagery of work created centuries earlier, but putting a new spin on them.
We’ll first start with the works of Julian Beever. He started to learn more about street art working on the Punch and Judy Show in York, watching many other artists create works on the pavement (Julian Beever Interview). Since then, Beever has spent over twenty years creating works across the globe, sometimes successfully, but with the occasional hiccup with working out in the public, where officials sometimes put a stop to his work before he can finish.