Hyper-Realistic Acrylic Body Painting

When Suzanne Green pointed me to this gallery, at first I thought “Nothing special, must be Photoshopped“. But Alexa Meade is an artist who thinks completely backwards! Most artists use acrylic paints to create portraits of people on canvas, while Alexa applied acrylic paints on her subjects, and made them appear to be part of a painting! Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her innovative use of paint on the three dimensional surfaces of found objects, live models, and architectural spaces has been incorporated into a series of installations that create a perceptual shift in how we experience and interpret spatial relationships. In weeks to come, I will prepare more of her galleries for you to enjoy!

Alexa Meade - Hyper-Realistic Optical Illusion 1
Alexa Meade - Hyper-Realistic Optical Illusion 2
Alexa Meade - Hyper-Realistic Optical Illusion 3
Alexa Meade - Hyper-Realistic Optical Illusion 4

52 Replies to “Hyper-Realistic Acrylic Body Painting”

    1. So do you realize what you just said?

      “i can’t belive is not photoshop… it looks so real”

      So we live in an age where something must be photoshopped for it to look real, otherwise that real-life stuff just looks too fake.

  1. I’M almost at a loss for words! It’s fantastic, I had to look at them for several minutes to realize it was a real man under the paint. Please keep them coming, they are a true pleasure in illusion art.

  2. This is really great!
    I had to look about 5 times before i realized it is a real guy.
    Very funny you thought it was photoshopped when you watch the first picture closely.
    The ads in the train are actually from Adobe.
    “Adobe opens up Washington”.

  3. how is it possible that the position auf the camera is changing in the last two pics?

    how is it possible that u see less from the shirt in the last pic compared to the one above?

    it must be a real, painted jacket etc. i wouldnt call it bodypainting. maybe bodyart.

  4. I wish I could see a before and after of the man. His hands are real but I still cannot see a real person under paint.

  5. This is amazing! You can tell it’s real due to the fact that his hands nor his camera were painted for the last two pictures.

  6. So many extremely talented people in this world – wish I was one of them. Whether it is photoshopped or real paintwork it is the work of someone extremely talented. I wish I could master either technique to this extent!

  7. That is AMAZING, i would have loved to see it in person!!I have to Google her and see where she displays her work and when on people where…

  8. Awesome, indeed!

    I think the last photograph is just to show it’s actually a real man since the hands are not painted but also because you can see his shadow and the overall lightning isn’t taken as much care of as in the previous photograph.

  9. Haha I too thought this was a ‘shop when I saw the first picture out of context. I absolutely love this though! Such a creative and interesting thing to do, and I love the face of the guy on the second picture down. Hilarious.

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