English Artist Ben Wilson (52) started to experiment with chewing gum art in 1998 and since 2004 has been working full time. He has now created more than 10 000 small works of art on the pavements of Europe and the in particular the UK. Many of his works can be found in Muswell Hill, North London.
The method Wilson uses includes first heating the gum with a blow torch then coating the gum with three layers of acrylic enamel, he then covers it with a clear lacquer finish. It can take up to three days to produce one picture. Subject matters vary greatly and can be requested.
Wilson has been arrested for his work, while doing some art in Trafalgar Square in 2005, however he has defended his work by saying “Technically, it is not criminal damage, because you are painting the gum, not the pavement”.
Two short documentary films have also been made about Wilson, Ben Wilson, The Chewing Gum Man and In My Blood.