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Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade (born 1986) is an American installation artist best known for her portraits painted directly onto the human body and inanimate objects in a way that collapses depth and makes her models appear two-dimensional when photographed. What remains is "a photo of a painting of a person, and the real person hidden somewhere underneath." She takes a classical concept — trompe l'oeil, the art of making a two-dimensional representational painting look like a real three-dimensional space — and turns it on its head by doing the opposite, making real life appear to be a painting.

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Her view on the way that she paints, and how she came about painting the way that she does

Contributed by Lily Cusack

Super interesting, she is creating more of a 2D effect, on a 3D person!!!

Contributed by Asiah Smith

Alexa Meade

"Alexa Meade thinks completely backwards. Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas. But not Meade - she applies acrylic paints on her subjects and makes them appear to be a part of the painting!"

Contributed by Vanessa Lam

Alexa Meade paints the human body and everyday objects to look like an acrylic painting. She says takes 10 to 30 hours to paint over people's skin and clothes!! I love the colors she highlights on this model, really evokes the summer season! Reminds me of Florida.

Contributed by Alyssa Green

Alexa Meade sitting with one of her models after they have been transformed into a living painting! The only give away she is real is in the eyes.

Contributed by Alyssa Green

While this shot gives the illusion of a woman holding a portrait in front of her face, look closer. There is no portrait only paint on her face and the background!

Contributed by Alyssa Green

Alexa Meade's POP OUT art fooling the eye and captivating us all! This is her with her model.

Contributed by Alyssa Green

Getting the right camera angle to completely lose the idea it is a real person and not a painting can be tricky sometimes!

Contributed by Alyssa Green

This was a collaboration by Alexa Meade and performance artist Shelia Vand (the model). The liquid she is laying in is milk because it gives the paint an interesting swirl effect when it washes off into the liquid.

Contributed by Alyssa Green

Check out more about the inspiration and process of Alexa Meade and Shelia Vand.

Contributed by Alyssa Green

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