Alexa Meade

D.C. artist, Alexa Meade, doesn’t mess with painting images in the likeness of people; she paints people in the likeness of images of people. What?  She paints live models to resemble traditional acrylic paintings then photographs them, transforming a 3D person into a 2D image.  Really incredible, check out some further works after the jump.  This image above of “Timmy,” was enough to make me freak out it’s so amazing.

I’ve featured a few artists who do skin illustration, but Alexa Meade takes the cake.  LOOK AT THIS IMAGE!!  It’s like these figures walked straight off the canvas.  Embellishing shadows and a thick brush stroke, Meade lavishes her models with brooding expressions.  As impressive as she is with her skin illustration, it’s the details of her brush strokes on their clothing that draws me in.  Timmy, down to his midwest American tourist get-up complete with camera lanyard and fanny pouch, like a modern Norman Rockwell.

Check out the table of items next to the model; the wine bottle, the lamp, all appearing to have no real life depth at all.  The painted shadows blend precisely with the shadows cast by the actual light source.  I even love how the models hair works with the canvas style face, I wonder if she just touches it with photoshop or if she dyes/paints it as well?

Here’s a shot of a model with Meade, even when face to face with her models its hard to discern them as 3-dimensional.  It’s almost as though she is compressing them, forcing highlights while oppositely rendering wrinkles and folds.  I completely applaud Meade, what an amazing way to do art in reverse, taking living objects and flattening the life out of them.  She also has an amazing collection of still lifes where she paints actual rooms and settings then photographs them for the same effect.  Check out her Flickr set, I hope she comes to NY.

  1. I’m going to be showing in New York at Postmasters Gallery from April 2nd to May 8. Come to the show opening Friday, April 2nd 6-8pm!


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