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Kurt Wenner
June 3, 2008, 4:27 pm
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Master Artist and Master Architect, Wenner is famous for inventing three-dimensional pastel drawings known as 3D Street Painting or Anamorphic art in the early 1980’s by combining traditional street painting techniques along with classical training, illusion, and performance. His development of this technique was featured in the National Geographic documentary Masterpieces in Chalk as a new art form, which inspired many communities to create their own street painting festivals and other artists to continue the practice of bringing images of icons and popular culture to an ever changing public. Wenner also designs Villas and Residential Architecture in addition to creating 3D Street Painting for Publicity and Advertising. His illusionistic paintings are increasingly popular with corporate clients and advertising agencies and his images have been used in prints ads, television spots, and point of sale displays. As an artist, his main artistic motivation was to rediscover, transform and share neglected ideas from the past. “I believe that while the patrimony of great masterpieces from the classical tradition belongs to history, the artistic process it proposes is eternal.”

Mantua, Italy

The Last Judgment, Mantua, Italy

This street painting of the Last Judgment was commission by Pope John Paul II when he arrived in Mantua, Italy. Under Wenner’s direction, thirty of European’s best street painters worked for 10 days to create this piece of work. When it was finished, Pope john signed the mural, recognizing street painting as an official form of sacred art.

St. Regis Hotel, Monarch Beach, CA

Cadillac Group, St. Regis Hotel, Monarch Beach, CA

This pastel drawing was done for the Cadillac Group as an advertising promotion.

Dies Irae, Mantua, Italy

This street painting depicts the famous thirteenth century Latin hymn Dies Irae (Day of Wrath). It is a medieval Latin poem that describes the day of judgment, the last trumpet summoning souls before the throne of God, where the saved will be delivered and the unsaved cast into eternal flames.