This is an interesting story about Alexa Meade, a fairly new artist on the scene, who is gaining recognition quickly and was profiled recently in an article, “Flesh Perspective…” by Dan Zak for The Washington Post.
What is uncommon in her work is that her canvas is the human body. That is, she paints directly on human subjects, who sit in a setting that also may be painted to give the living subject and space a painterly, almost other-wordly perspective. Real life becomes the painting. This may be traditional trompe l’oeil reversed? Not trying to replicate what is there but painting on what is there. As a decorative painter and one who paints some trompe l’oeil, I can appreciate her work — not saying I necessarily like it but I can say this of other painters as well. Her work definitely fools the eye and the viewers and flips traditional painting on its head or at least skin, any way. I like this innovative aspect; even though, I find the feel of her work harsh and a bit seedy and unsettling.
Here are some of her self portraits. Not quite sure how she painted herself, except with a mirror and have to give her credit, that would be hard.
One of her subjects on the Metro. I don’t know which I’d rather see, this below or this…on the Metro:
One of her subjects in a gallery setting. I like the wall:
Just for kicks, I’m throwing in one of my miniature trompe l’oeil paintings for traditional trompe l’oeil sake. More can be seen via the link.