How to make a painting come to life?

What would it be like if a painting actually came to life? Artist Alexa Meade has actually created an answer to that question. She has decided to paint portraits on people instead of canvas. She started painting on ‘life’ subjects in 2009 and has been developing her invented technique ever since.

According to her website the following is stated about her art: “Typically a painting is an artist’s interpretation of the subject painted onto another surface. In Alexa’s paintings, she creates her artistic interpretation of the subject directly on top of the subject itself. Essentially, her art imitates life – on top of life”

She has already had her painted models exhibited in galleries. If you’ve missed it and still like to see her ‘paintings’, you can, from April 2 to May 9 she’ll be exhibiting limited edition prints in New York City at Postmasters Gallery. She’ll also be showing her artwork in the Saatchi Gallery in London for the ‘Art of Giving’ show in October.

When I saw Alexa’s paintings for the first time I immediately went ‘tjongolongo?!’. These paintings are so cool and creative, just looking at them on my computer screen makes my creative juices flowing, let alone when you see them in real life.

I would, for example, love to see these paintings in the shop windows on the high street, with the high fashion clothing painted on life models. That would be a nice piece of marketing communications to get attention for your brand. I would definitely stop and stare for a second to see what’s going on.

It could also be a cool part of a marketing communications campaign to bring art back to the people on the street. Paint models and just set them ‘loose’ somewhere in the city and make them meet somewhere to ‘become’ the painting they’re meant to be together.

And many more ideas come mind.

What do you think of these paintings?

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Images: Alexa Meade