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Alexa Meade is an American artist best known for inventing a new approach to portraiture. She applies paint directly to models and the surrounding scene, creating the illusion that real-life people and places are inside the world of a 2D painting.
Her artwork has been exhibited at The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, The Saatchi Gallery in London, the Grand Palais in Paris, and the United Nations building in New York City. She has been commissioned by MINI Cooper, Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Porsche. Alexa Meade has collaborated with world-renowned magician David Blaine and space-time researchers at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Her TED Talk ‘Your Body is my Canvas’ has been viewed millions of times.
The critically-acclaimed short film ‘Color of Reality’ brings together Alexa Meade’s painting style with the movement artistry of Jon Boogz and Lil Buck to tell a story about gun violence and racial tensions in American society. It was part of the National Civil Rights Museum ‘Freedom Awards Ceremony’, screened at the Lincoln Center, and honoured by CNN Great Big Story’s ‘Art as Impact Award.’
Read more about Alexa Meade’s work:
‘Meet the Body Painting Artist Disrupting Portraiture’, by Kara Weisenstein, VICE
‘Mixing Paint and Dance to Comment on Justice and Art’, by Gia Kourlas, The New York Times
‘Body art: Alexa Meade’s living paintings’ by Carlene Thomas-Bailey, The Guardian
‘Seeing More Dimensions — in Color, and Life’, by Robin Rootenberg, 24Life
¶ An internationally renowned artist known for inventing a new approach to portraiture
¶ Creates the illusion that real-life people and places are inside the world of a 2D painting
¶ Her artwork has been exhibited at many portrait galleries across the world
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Here’s what Alexa Meade Living Paintings’ clients said:
At a glance it looks like a richly-coloured painting, but pause for a moment and look closer. You’ll quickly find yourself immersed in a piece that’s part painting, part photograph, part video and part performance art. It’s alive, figuratively and literally, with colour, vibrance, subtle motion and detail.
In some ways, artist Alexa Meade is a traditional figure painter, replicating the light and shadow that falls on the human body in a naturalistic way. But she works on an unusual canvas: the actual human body… What began as an obsession with shadows (and painting them onto the surface of grass), has grown into an evolving project exploring representations of the body through paint and the materiality of the medium.
Alexa Meade’s work may look like something you would see hanging on the wall in an art gallery, but Meade isn’t like any other artist. The artist’s work is different in that she literally paints human beings, turning them into living, breathing portraits. Alexa creates the illusion of a world where 2D and 3D have become one.
While other artists have spent the past 500 years perfecting methods for portraying depth on flat surfaces, she has gone in the opposite direction by developing techniques that allow her to paint three-dimensional objects, including people, in ways that make them look for all the world like flat canvases.
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Alexa Meade Living Paintings’ previous clients:
Fairmont Hotel Group
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