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The Beat of Urban Art: The Art of Justin Bua Paperback – 25 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; 1 Reprint edition (25 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061734993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061734991
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 24.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,532,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bua does not do urban art—he is urban art.” (Sole Collector)

“Bua’s stylish renderings jump right at you, hit you between the eyes with their energy.” (Elmore Leonard, bestselling author)

“Whether celebrating hip-hop’s underground or reinterpreting cultural imagery ... Bua[’s] work challenges the mainstream art world’s images.” (Vibe)

About the Author

Justin Bua is a groundbreaking innovator in both the fine and commercial art worlds, his iconic The DJ being one of the most popular and bestselling prints of all time. An internationally acclaimed artist, he exhibits his work around the world. Born and raised in New York City, Bua currently lives in Los Angeles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
Length: 0:25 Mins
This book is pretty cool. It mixes elements of street art, caricatures, music and city life. In The Beat of Urban Art, Justin Bua recollects how he grew up in New York on the Upper West Side, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

He sketches the people he met and the streets he grew up on. The pages are filled with caricatures of people who grew up in this tough neighbourhood. Life was so rough on the streets he sometimes had to act insane just to avoid getting mugged, and that was in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

It's easy to get absorbed looking at the interesting caricatures but not to be missed is the inconspicuous background art which serves as a great story backdrop. There's a very textural and grainy look to the art. After reading through his experiences, it's hard to imagine any other style more apt. He names his style of art Distorted Urban Realism.

His coloured paintings, musical influence and artistic expression goes to the second part of the book.

It's a nice art book to have if you're into stylised art. There are hardcover and paperback editions.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
This book provides a nice showcase for Justin Bua, a dancer/performer who combined his formal training with street-dance in New York then went on to earn a B.F.A in illustration.

There are about 200 illustrations in the collection covering his stylised drawings, sketch-work and paintings with some fine stage-by-stage breakdowns of how he developed his final images - this isn't a how-to book, but it provides a useful insight into the artist's working method. His work could be described as caricature-based, but it`s well-crafted, sly and affectionately rendered social commentary of the music, dance and graffiti scene he is well-acquainted with. The accompanying text is a biographical narrative by Bua himself and he provides commentary on the works he presents in the book.

An absorbing, inspiring paperback of stylish, contemporary illustration work, definitely worth adding to your art library.
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Amazon.com: 13 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very cool art, caricatures and short stories on life 20 Oct. 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is pretty cool. It mixes elements of street art, caricatures, music and city life. In The Beat of Urban Art, Justin Bua recollects how he grew up in New York on the Upper West Side, Manhattan and Brooklyn.

He sketches the people he met and the streets he grew up on. The pages are filled with caricatures of people who grew up in this tough neighbourhood. Life was so rough on the streets he sometimes had to act insane just to avoid getting mugged, and that was in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

It's easy to get absorbed looking at the interesting caricatures but not to be missed is the inconspicuous background art which serves as a great story backdrop. There's a very textural and grainy look to the art. After reading through his experiences, it's hard to imagine any other style more apt. He names his style of art Distorted Urban Realism.

His coloured paintings, musical influence and artistic expression goes to the second part of the book.

It's a nice art book to have if you're into stylised art. There are hardcover and paperback editions.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A relevant art book 14 Mar. 2007
By E. Bornstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Finally an art book that is relevant to our times, humorous, political and thoughtful; wrapped into one powerful package. I never thought that art could be so easily embraced. The book speaks volumes of urban life in America. There are plenty of criticisms throughout the book about our society and the urban ghettos that plague our cities. However, what I found captivating was how the book captures the essence of hip-hop culture and shows how it has profoundly influenced American urban life by bringing inspiration, pride and hope to even the darkest alleys.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Beat of Urban Art 26 Sept. 2007
By R. D. Orlemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Justin Bua is not just a talented artist but he is prolific as well. His stylistic caricatures and illustrations with there amplified perspectives and edgy stylings bring the urban street scene to life in a poignant and entertaining way. He presents a diary of his life on the streets. He shows a cast of characters that resonate with energy and rhythm created by his skills at applying line, color and texture. Awesome! Justin Bua is a poet with a paint brush!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a beautiful book telling an important tale... 19 May 2007
By Sweetsumatra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book as part of research for a 15 min adaptation of a play Marisol (Jose Rivera) for my drama class. Bua's artwork is stunningly beautiful, with a great portrayal of a city that brings so much awe, culture and mystery...NYC (where marisol is staged).

his telling a story through art is an amazing feat, the colors are great and a few really nice quotes about progression in any artform is in need of skills, as the book states:

As one of my teachers Glenn Vilppu put it: "if you think of all the possible visual elements that you must learn as keys on a piano, the more keys you have, the wider the range of possibilities you can enjoy. Of course, you can make music with just a few keys, but that should be based on choice, not limitations."

Eloquent in his words and thoughts (and his teachers words for that matter), and passionate about his artform, i found the book a great story into the heart of new york.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Artist...Interesting Read...Great Book 27 Aug. 2007
By KamBen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you like Justin Bua...you'll love this book.The artwork is beautiful and he provides a detailed outline of his life,his inspiration, and his direction for each of his pieces... The layout is beautiful, the design is lovely, and the art is brilliantly Bua. It's a great book to share with others too.
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