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To celebrate World Book Day, what better than a blog about pavement art books!
Of all the art forms in Christendom, pavement art is the least written about; you can count the number of books published on both hands and still have fingers to spare; most of them have been written within the last 30 years. Although artists have featured in many publications, NOT exclusively concerned with screeving……here are a few exceptions concerning art-form & artists of the paving stone:
The James Carling Illustrations of Edgar Allen Poe’s THE RAVEN
ISBN 0-911303-03-0 Edited by Roscoe Brown Fisher (Published by Delmar USA 1982)
Strictly speaking, not a book about pavement art, but more a catalogue on the thirty-eight illustrations, painted in 1882 by Victorian child pavement artist, James William Carling. It does have some interesting historical facts about Carling’s childhood as a street screever in Liverpool and the USA.
A Carpet of Dream
ISBN 0-9632862-9-3 by Gary Palmer (Published by RJD Enterprises, Los Angeles USA 1996)
A rare pictorial diary of works by Irish born pavement artist Gary Palmer; featuring works completed around the world between 1991 and 1996
The Sidewalk Artist
ISBN 13: 978-0-312-35803-7 (Published by Thomas Dunne Book St. Martin’s Press, New York. 2006)
A romantic novel with a twist in the tale, jointly written by Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk
Tulia Rose has left New York for Europe, looking for inspiration for her next novel. She didn’t expect to discover romance, but after meeting a mysterious sidewalk artist on the streets of Paris, she finds herself falling headfirst in love with a man she barely knows.
Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever
ISBN-13: 978-1770851597 (Published by Firefly Books Ltd USA 2010)
Mostly a picture-book with some historical background on anamorphic street painting; featuring Beevers work from 1997 to 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1402771262 (Published by Sterling, New York 2011)
The pavement art and 3D Illusions of Kurt Wenner
A lavishly produced book; well-illustrated, with a couple of pages on the historical context of pavement painting and an explanation of anamorphic street-art techniques.
Sidewalk Canvas: Chalk pavement art at your feet.
ISBN-13: 978-0956438225 by Julie Kirk-Purcell (Published by Fil Rouge Press 2011)
More of a guidebook (from an American perspective) for anybody interested in the chalk art festival scene
Nicely illustrated with some good practical advice and tips for new and emerging street-artists
Written & researched by Philip Battle
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