Kurt Wenner: The Art Of Street Chalk Paintings

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When I was in my sophomore year of high school, my art teacher Mrs. Samally opened my eyes to many different types of art forms throughout the world. One form of art that particularly caught my eye, was the art of 3-D chalk drawings on street canvasses. The way that these artists can portray depth and realism in their art work just baffles me. They can create masterpieces with chalk that I didn’t even think was ever possible before. The artist who predominantly stood out to me the most is an American artist who goes by the name of Kurt Wenner. Kurt was born on June 22, 1971 in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Wenner). Kurt throughout his childhood showed a passion for art and for the great beyond. Before completing high school Kurt produced his first mural, …show more content…
However three-dimensional street chalk drawings can be traced all the way back to the early to mid-eighties when Kurt lived in Italy (Wenner). While he was there, he applied what he learned and saw around Italy into his work. He first saw street chalk art on an Italian street and was offered to paint the head of an angel, and the rest is history (Wenner). By practicing his artwork on Italy streets, he gained a lot of experience, which helped him achieve what he is known for today. No one else has ever thought to combine classical illusion skills of the earlier times with the modern street art medium. He was ultimately a genius for this discovery. Eventually, in 1984, Kurt Wenner invented his own form of art with the use of perspective (Wenner). Kurt became very fascinated by the Sistine chapel and Michelangelo’s magnificent mural on the ceiling. The anamorphism of the fresco on the ceilings of the chapel gives the painting the misconception of height (Wenner). Constantly visiting and studying this mural sparked his thought process of how the way things are viewed. Kurt used perspective to fool the viewer’s eye into believing that his artwork was actually three dimensional. He called this type of geometry, Wenner’s hyperbolic perspective; which is basically a fancy way of saying optical illusion (Wenner). His art work can trick you into believing that there is a 200 foot deep trench with a colossal titan chopping his way through the solid concrete, only just two inches in front of your face. Different sizes, shapes and positioning of figures in the painting all goes into the work of perspective to make the three-dimensional look on a two-dimensional surface. Although this is all made possible mainly by the angel at which you look at his artwork. Depending on the angel at which you look at it his artwork, it can completely change what you see. By looking at the

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