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People as canvases. Alexa Meade’s bodypainting

People as canvases. Alexa Meade's bodypainting
Young artist with her creation. People as canvases. Alexa Meade’s bodypainting

People as canvases. Alexa Meade’s bodypainting
26-year-old American artist Alexa Meade from Washington DC has created her own style of body painting. In particular, she paints her models to look as though they are images in bad artwork. It’s a technique that works best in a gallery, giving the visitors a start when they realize the subject in the painting is alive. Noteworthy, she never attended art school, or any advanced painting courses. In August 2008, Meade began to experience a new genre of painting. She applies acrylic paint to the surfaces of people, objects, and walls in a broad brushstroke that mimics the appearance of brushwork in a painting in a technique that she innovated. When the three-dimensional tableau is viewed in a two-dimensional photograph, it appears to be an oil painting.

People as canvases. Body painting by Alexa Meade
Passengers curiously look at a man painted to look like as a living picture. Body painting by Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Postmasters Gallery in New York City, Galerie Ivo Kamm in Zurich, and the Saatchi Gallery in London.

People as canvases. Alexa Meade’s bodypainting

"Walking picture". Body painting by Alexa Meade
“Walking picture”. Body painting by Alexa Meade
"Walking picture". Body painting by Alexa Meade
Back side of a painted man
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Indeed, this woman looks as a natural portrait painted on a canvas. Body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Work in progress. Body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Young artist Alexa Meade working on a portrait
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Blue umbrella and a man sitting in front of it. Body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Detail of Body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Happy Alexa Meade with her model
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Wonderful body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Body artist Alexa Meade working on her “picture”
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Stunning body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Picture-like body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Living canvas. Body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Black and white body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Woman’s portrait. Body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Female portrait. Body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
One-of-a-kind body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Exhibition of body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Detail of body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Incredible body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Blue umbrella. body painting by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
Creation by Alexa Meade
Body painting by Alexa Meade
American body artist Alexa Meade

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