The origins of modern sidewalk art can be traced back to to the 16th century in Italy. The artists know as Madonnari were itinerant artists who were brought into the cities to work on the large cathedrals. Once there work was completed they turned to the streets to recreate images of the Madonna or other paintings from the cathedrals.
By the 1800's Great Brittan had become a hot spot for sidewalk artists with more than 500 artists making a full time living in London alone. These artist were known as "screevers". The term is most commonly associated with Shakespearean slang from the 1500's. There works were often accompanied by poems, proverbs and lessons of morality. Many artists used the art form to make social and political commentary. The artwork appealed to both working class, many who could not read or write and the well educated, who appreciated the moral lessons derived from the artwork.
Today artists like Sean Fitzpatrick have added a 3D element to these expressive works. This technique, known as anamorphic distortion, allows the viewer to experience the artwork in full 3 dimensions when viewing it from a specific angle. To learn more about 3D sidewalk art or street painting please visit our contact page and send us a messageFree Quote