Julian Beever was an artist that I have come across several times over the past year while researching my interests in creating illusions and accurate perspective. Julian is from England and is best known for his chalk art that creates illusions of depth and three-dimentional objects. Beever's chalk drawings are done on pavement and have been the focus of his artwork since the mid-1990's. He also is accredited for his full wall murals, traditional oil paintings, and collages of Princess Diana.
Beever creates his illusions by means of a technique called anamorphosis. This technique creates the three-dimensional image when viewed from a particular location and angle. His ability to create such a strong sense of depth and realistic space fascinates me. His style is also impressive because as real as the space seems, his strokes and color choices reflect that of cartoons and imaginary space. The viewer's eye is tossed back and forth from reality to imagination.
For my project I want to be able to create a religious space in my painting that the viewer feels they can step into as a place of meditation. Like Beever, I want it to feel realistic enough to touch and connect with but stylistic enough to be a place of the imagination. I think this notion is similar to Julie Blackmon's (Jana's pick) quote: "the struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate."
Julian Beever's Homepage has several images of his work.