- Born Cheltenham, UK 1959.
- Grew up in Melton Mowbray from the age of two.
- Attended state schools and studied Art at Leeds Met. University in UK.1979-83.
- Julian Beever is a British artist who began pavement art as a busker, drawing in different countries including the USA, Australia and Europe to fund his travels .
- Began anamorphic pavement illusions in early 90’s. Commercial commissions from mid 2000’s.
- Has also worked in a range of different jobs including photographer’s assistant, tree-planter, carpet-fitter, Art teacher, English teacher (TEFL), street entertainer and Punch and Judy Man.
- Made 10 part TV series « Concrete Canvas » (with ElectricSky Productions) in 2007.
- Wrote book « Pavement Chalk Artist », now in third edition (published by Firefly), featuring his pavement art in 2011 .
His earlier drawings were portraits of well known people which worked best in getting immediate attention from passers-by.
He developed his 3 dimensional or "anamorphic" pavement drawings out of curiosity and a love of the medium. These became well known in early 2000’s and commercial commissions followed.
"I got started when I was in a pedestrian street in Brussels where an old garden had been removed.
This left an unusual rectangle of paving slabs which gave me the idea to convert this in to a drawn swimming pool in the middle of the high street! It worked so well I tried other variations such as a well with people falling in. I soon realized that if you could make things appear to go into the pavement you could equally make them appear to stand out of it." says Beever.
Some have dubbed him "the Pavement Picasso" but he says that although this is flattering, his work has little in common with the Spanish Master except perhaps in the fact that Picasso too was interested in 3 dimensionality in his Cubist period.
Beever is now in great demand from corporate business and has worked in 35 different countries.
He still finds time to do drawings for his own satisfaction and for their own sakes.
Each drawing must be seen from one special viewpoint and if the viewer moves from it the illusion is lost and the drawing becomes an unrecognizable distortion.
"My work appeals literally to the man (and woman) in the street and is not confined in galleries or limited by the gallery system".
It is the internet that has brought it to the attention of the world.