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Claim: Photographs show 3D-like sidewalk paintings done in chalk.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2004]
Origins: These images do indeed represent some seriously brilliant work which should be admired in its proper context and with full credit to its creator.
The photos capture the work of Master Street Painter
Kurt Wenner, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in Santa Barbara, California, produced his first commissioned mural at the age of sixteen and by seventeen was earning his living as a graphic artist. He attended both Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design. He was employed by NASA as an advanced scientific space illustrator, creating conceptual paintings of future space projects and extra-terrestrial landscapes according to the latest scientific information provided by the Voyager spacecraft.The gallery section of Kurt's site presents many fabulous examples of his street painting efforts, and the
In 1982, he left NASA and sold his belongings to go to Italy and study art. Living in Rome, Wenner studied the great masters and drew constantly from classical sculptures in the museums. The drawings he made brought him in touch with the language of form in Western figurative art and provided him with the neoclassical training necessary for the style he was pursuing. Through his studies Wenner became particularly interested in the direction for his own artistic expression. He traveled extensively in order to experience firsthand most of the major masterpieces and monuments in Europe. During these first years abroad he experimented with traditional paint media: tempera, fresco, and oil painting. He also executed large permanent works including several altarpieces and a chapel in Puglia (southern Italy) for patrons he met on his travels.
A blurb about Kurt in the Augusta Chronicle includes a picture of the artist at work.
Last updated: 27 April 2005
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