What is Anamorphic art? Who is doing it? I’ll give you the details!
Anamorphic art is totally enthralling that it leaves street art lovers and passersby in wonder of its 3D-realism in a 2D art. It’s trickery and addictive. This type of art explores the delight people have when being visually tricked.
Anamorphic art utilizes the characteristics of anamorphism as an intentional distortion of perspective in the creation of optical illusionary artworks. Any flat surface can be used to create 3D pieces that it seem like they are leaping off the surface; pencil on paper, chalk on the floor, paint on a wall can be put to use to create these 2D boundaries breaking artworks.
Leon Keer creates totally thrilling 3D artworks with an interesting aesthetic. He uses a variety of different mediums – from chalk, professional acrylic paints to adhesives, solvents, primers and tar giving his images variety. He has painted live in a lot of Art festivals, he recently worked on “Nothing to Declare” as a theme at the last ArubaArtFair.
Kurt’s work is some of the most intricate and finely detailed anamorphism around. His ability to recreate Renaissance classicism in 3D anamorphic street art really is next-level. This piece was made for Gears of War – there’s so much detail in the crumbling rock!
birdO wears a bird mask and loves to combine animal characters and geometric-inspired patterns, which makes for pretty cool viewing. However, this one really stands out because of the contrast between the turquoise background and the amazing multi-coloured patterns on the snake’s body.
And check out the shadow on the floor!
I love how realistic this looks; as if the floor is made of sand and the bottle has just sunk into it. Most of Julian Beever’s work is chalk on solid pavement, and generally takes around four days to do a big piece (though it can take more if any of the chalk wipes away before it’s finished).
Alex Maksiov is from the Ukraine and has won various awards for his 3D work. I love the little bird and the fact the water looks like it’s solid yet liquid at the same time. The water is also a really nice shade of pastel blue (I love pastel shades)… and the whole thing looks really realistically 3D!
John Pugh specialises in ‘trompe-l’œil‘ which isn’t strictly anamorphism, but is still related and has a similar effect. ‘Trompe-l’œil’ means ‘deceiving the eye‘, and usually means the viewer standing in a conventional position (i.e. in front of it) and being deceived into thinking what they are seeing is actual reality (like this) – from any other viewpoint it distorts.
It was actually something Italian Renaissance painters did a lot with church ceilings, making it look like the ‘heavens’ were directly above the room.
Most of Edgar’s work is dramatic, dark and apocalyptic; like something out of a movie, yet somehow incorporates a lot of very detailed nature imagery. And this waterfall look so realistic it’s hard to believe there’s a road underneath it!
German-born Manfred Stader creates huge anamorphic street pieces all over the world. I love the shine on this coffee cup and how it glistens as if it were real china. Also, the real coffee beans on top is a pretty cool addition, as it just adds to the hyper-realism… it actually looks like he’s kneeling on a big cup!
Tracy Lee Stum works primarily with chalk and curated the first annual 3D Chalk Festival (in New Jersey) showcasing 14 renowned international 3D street art & chalk artists. She also won a Guinness World Record in 2016 for the biggest street painting by an individual!
There’s something quite dreamlike about this piece in the photo, yet it is still very realistic.
The Portuguese artist Odeith is definitely one of my favourites. Odeith’s anamorphic graf writing is truly unique… and the way he paints across wall corners so the words look like they’re 3D and floating is pretty mind-blowing. Odeith and Kurt Wenner do two very different styles but I think they tie for uniqueness and sheer skill.
Every artist on this list is worthy of you searching for more of their work.
Hint: Click on the names to visit their Instagram page.