Street painting in the United States up to the present day has enjoyed a positive, growing experience as a temporal, ephemeral art form, popular at public festivals throughout the country. For most of that time, the most popular interpretations of the art form have been portrayed as two dimensional reproductions of classical or traditional art; captivating the attention of the public during these festivals.
In time, street painting artists began to choose the option of creating their own 2D street paintings from an original design or their own interpretations of traditional work. One artist from California, Sara Mordecai, is well known in the street painting community for designing and producing her own street paintings based on her individual artistic subjects in her own unique, signature style.
In the last few years, the rise in popularity of the 3D and anamorphic street paintings has been enhanced by the interest of the public coupled with the new technologies in mobile devices, social networking sites and services allowing a group of artists with this unique, creative talent to be known worldwide by images if not always by name. These active artists in alphabetical order, Julian Beever of the United Kingdom, Tracy Lee Stum and Rod Tryon of the United States, and Kurt Wenner, who is working between the US and Europe are at the leading edge of this cutting edge work of the finest quality, highly sought after by corporate and discerning clients-public and private worldwide.
Besides these current well known artists in the street painting world there are many fine street painting artists who perform their art in different areas of the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Asia who are not as well known but produce beautiful work and will be more popularly known in the foreseeable future.
Street painting has strong possibilities to manifest itself as a conceptual art form that could possibly be integrated into the realms of what is considered today installation art viewed at a gallery perhaps in New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mexico City, or Sydney. The possibility of street painting artists to collaborate with sculptors, video or computer artists and others could result in applications of all the art forms to create results unimagined but respected by all individuals of taste and thought.
Street painting with its roots in the expression of the classical and traditional could possibly be conceived and delivered as an academic discipline no different, than ceramics, sculpture, intaglio, or painting. Artists and academics could consider street painting art history, research into prominent street painters in history, their influence on the medium and the current artists of today.
Anthony Cappetto is President of Innovative Street Painting Group, Inc as well as President/Artist of Art for After Hours, an art consulting company providing professional street painting talent to corporate and public events in the USA and internationally.