Work of Julian Beever - 1

Julian Beever is an artist who has spent 20 years creating pavement art in Europe, USA and Australia. 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').

Here is a picture of the real Julian Beever. While many of his pictures can take a whole day to create, by the next day they are often gone, vanished under the feet of passing pedestrians. It is a very evanescent art form, one that lives mostly through photographs taken at the time.

Julian Beever has the nickname the 'Pavement Picasso', and it is not hard to see why! Originally from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, he used to be a Punch and Judy showman, before discovering his talent as a street artist in the 1980s. He is now based in Belgium.

See another of Julian's amazing pictures...

Reproduced with permission from the artist. Visit Julian's home page.

Grand Illusions Toy Shop

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