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By on June 14, 2010, with 147 Comments

Few months ago, way back in March, I showed you some incredible works by #Alexa Meade (whenever you see # in front of a word, it means it’s a tag linked to related stuff). Many of you couldn’t believe that her paintings were actually real life people, body-painted in such a way to look as an acrylic masterpiece. The illusion works best when you see the installation up-close. Just in case you don’t believe a word I’m saying, I’ve included few more photos shot from greater distance. Now wasn’t that nice of me…. ;)

This Isnt a Painting
This Isnt a Painting
This Isnt a Painting


147 Responses
  1. edthedish says:


  2. Mike says:

    technically this is a painting, but intead of oil-on-canvas its oil-on-skin!

  3. WOW indeed! So realistic. You must be so talented to be able to produce this.

  4. Graham says:

    Very impressive!

  5. Pete says:

    Good that is!

  6. Karen Ray says:

    This is Great! One of the best I’ve seen!

  7. I am totally impressed! I did not believe it until I saw the 3rd picture, and even then I wasn’t sure what I was looking at wasn’t photo shopped. Great illusion! Keep up the great work! Thank you!!

  8. Care Bear says:

    I’d never be able to pull it off. I’d be too busy trying to scratch the paint off.

  9. chris says:

    but it looks so much like a painting! how does that woman make herself look like that!?

  10. coolmarco says:


  11. coolmarco says:


  12. These works are great and beautiful almost beyond description!! I love it when you show these “non-paintings”. THANK YOU Vurdlak.

  13. josephine says:

    cool! she looks kinda angry in the last pic…

  14. That’s purely amazing. It creates a new dimensions. Our “reality” bended to the imagination of the artist. I love it!

  15. colin says:

    that probably feels very strange on your skin

  16. Lloyd says:

    Now that is quite the illusion, Very well done!

  17. Janice says:

    Wow that is really something.

  18. Nairnnnnnnnn says:




  19. Leon Haidvogl says:

    one of the best ever

  20. Jacob says:

    that is crazy

  21. nockgeneer says:

    That is incredible.

  22. peace-angel says:

    that is truely awesome, great work

  23. Melinda says:

    Very cool.

  24. Mii says:

    that is really cool.

  25. blehp says:

    oOh. thats awesome.

  26. Luis Pachón says:


  27. Rick says:


  28. Jeanne says:

    can’t be real….

  29. Living Sound says:


  30. ali says:

    I wonder why her hands aren’t painted? Pretty neat!

  31. Maria says:

    wow coolest thing i’ve seen yet :)

  32. anonymous says:

    thats a real person?!!? O.o

  33. Firestorm says:

    How is that possible?
    Must have put paint on everything right?

  34. Leon Haidvogl says:

    her hands look different from the rest

  35. that is really a work of art.. very nice!!

  36. Antoine Lowray says:

    Check her out in real life!


  37. John says:

    Awesome. Even that last picture looks like a painting. Hard to believe.

  38. Tomi Stojkovski says:

    Amazing stuff.

  39. kat says:

    That is INCREDIBLE.

  40. Ed says:

    This is simply amazing! Wowaweewa!

  41. Joop Van Dijk says:


  42. Milagros says:


  43. Renee Heffington Johnson says:

    thats amazing~

  44. Lizzie says:

    Yes, that was very nice of you. It looks awesome! :D

  45. Chinonso Chinny Enwerem says:

    Really nice

  46. shardson says:

    waw this is a nice one

  47. Rick says:

    Incredible work, a true masterpiece!

  48. Chris says:

    WOw. That is really cool, and there are nice touches. The artist is truly talentted.

  49. hps bajwa says:

    this is excellent one , WOW

  50. C.C says:

    i didnt believe you at first! that is AMAZING!

  51. stin@ says:

    wtf, thats cool :)

  52. tooom says:

    …i dont get it D:

  53. Whitney N. Ollivierre says:

    wow! i loveee!!
    i’d love to visit an art museum with these on view!

  54. Jess says:

    very cleverly done

  55. markus says:


    I would love to see a video of this!

  56. Latisha says:

    wonderfull work xxxx

  57. excellent! This illusion kind of reminded me of the old moillusions, the really classic ones. I don’t blame you though, one illusion daily, you’re bound to run out. Anyway, 10/10

  58. VURDLAK, Looks like you have a real winner here! Keep up the good work.

  59. Ms.Observant says:

    Holy freakin crap that’s awesome!

  60. Shana Schroeder says:

    That’s amazing!

  61. Anonymous says:

    have you never seen this before?
    it’s all over the place.

  62. kiki says:

    holy crud!! that is soo cool!

  63. Detective Kitty says:

    That is way too cool. It really does look like a painting. Excellent work. Definately an artist of great extenet.

  64. sybilla cook says:

    AMAZING–thanks for sharing!

  65. JMAN12 says:

    Anyone could do that! Don’t be so in awe about it! ;(

  66. Ember Mclain says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Joey says:

    Hmm, as you can see the hands are not painted so it sort of gives it off

  68. yanna says:

    i still dnt get it but o- oooh now i see it . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

  69. Very impressive. It so looks like a painting.

  70. ferret says:

    o_o WOW!

  71. Mike says:

    That’s my mom!

  72. sonar5 says:

    Arent U cool Mike

  73. notarealname says:

    dats good way to bring cartoons to reel life like bugs buny

  74. Amie says:

    lol um put some clothes on not so Exsposed just for men to see lol -.-

  75. Autumn says:

    Wow! Thats really good! A true artist has entered the world! Keep up the good work! :)

  76. naveen kumar says:


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  78. amit says:

    just fantastic work

  79. idea man says:

    I’d like to see a film wherein all the actors and sets were painted to this effect.

    • Joe says:

      Go see the film, “The Mill and the Cross”

    • coinages says:

      A Scanner Darkly was done like this. I started watching it late one night when I was really tired and my brain couldnt process Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. animated like that so I went to bed.

    • using1chopstick says:

      scanner darkly was not done like this. this is body paint, that was digital…

    • T says:

      Without a computer it would be nearly impossible to do a film. As the actors move the paint would have to constantly changed to convey the direction of light and shodow. Literaly each frame would be a repaint. imagine an animated film where each cell takes hours to paint onto a living canvas.

  80. 4chunkookeezz says:

    I’ve never seen work by this artist before but I do find it exceptional. Keep it up!

  81. hootchant says:

    usually i don’t take time to comment on something nice , but this one i really couldn’t resist.Its what they say Incredibly Awesome , cheers to the concept , if only matisse or vinci was alive to see this..

  82. Dan says:

    Holy cow! That’s probably one of the great illusion ever!


  83. kata_belece says:

    Splendid artwork!! gathel…..apik pol pokoke rek.

  84. Monique says:

    It’s wonderful, yes, but Pageant of the Masters is a live theater event presenting this for many years….they have a live orchestra, set outside, and works of art “come to life” right before your eyes. Tix cost an arm AND a leg (painted in Rembrandt-style, of course!!), but worth every penny….Google it and you’ll get a glimpse of greatness!!

  85. WOW! That’s mind-blowing.

  86. Abisso says:

    Very creative and well done.

  87. Darthmalius says:

    I don’t think it’s very accurate to say “This is not a painting” Just as a reprint of a work of art is still a work of art, so to is a photo of a painted girl still done with paint. Sure she is a real girl in a real space but the “illusion” is done to make it look like a painting. it’s done with PAINT. This is not an illusion but a question of semantical technicality.

  88. Saber says:

    Very Good Good Good Good this no optical illusion. This is the power of Talent…..

  89. online shopping says:

    I got Crazy about this talent,
    wow it’s wonder full!
    great great…………………

  90. annaj:) says:

    thats great and amazing, but as a girl, i find it a bit…well…wierd…but thats just me. but its great good job!

  91. matt says:

    Umm…. Actually it is a painting, just on a different medium.

  92. Nick says:

    Very nice. She needs to paint a pipe like that and call it “C’est une pipe”.

  93. PJPJ says:


  94. sreya subramanyam says:

    only a modern da vinci can do it .a great masterpiece

  95. guy manners says:

    cute idea, well executed, but not worth all the fuss, particularly because the “paintings” are not very good. Thus the “artist” has used a new technique to produce mediochre paintings . Great. To all these people here commenting on how it’s a master piece, I have one comment – get off the net and get some education and real experience in life, and until you know something, don’t comment.

  96. Thomas says:

    It is like mind blowing to do something so weird,good talent.

  97. Cyborger says:

    It would be pretty cool to scare someone doing this. Hehehe!

  98. suren says:

    mind blowing!

  99. Denise says:

    this is brilliant!

  100. Geoff says:

    That’s way cool … thanks for sharing :-)

  101. Sultony says:

    What is the point? We are going round full circle. Now we have a film winning Golden Globes award that mimics the old b&w soundless movies. Why prepare (great skill by the way) a real person to look like a painting?

  102. Gab says:

    She looks so wrong is she drunk????

  103. babycakes says:

    Just like they do for Laguna Beach’s “Pageant of the Masters”, which has been going on for years. You can tell that it’s a live woman if you look closely at the part in her hair. Bravo !

  104. gabriela says:

    it can be called a paiting… a painting done not necesarly on canvas or wood. but that to me is a painting… very cool thanks for sharing

  105. Chris in Dallas says:

    Reminds me of a really hard acid trip! Very cool stuff!

  106. Kel says:

    The quality of thecpainting is amateur with no artistic merit. Just another gimmick getting too much attention.

    • Ben says:

      Kel, you just did nothing but lower your own image infront of everyone reading your comment.

      What was the point in that?

      If you think you have seen better, then why not constructively criticise instead of just trying to bring the artist down. As I said, you did nothing but bring yourself down.

  107. Tuhoisa says:

    OMG how amazingly beautiful. This woman’s art is always incredible. This the first time seeing this one.

  108. coolio says:

    just incredible …

  109. lynn says:

    I love How she has created this form of art, It leavs the mind in aw.I guess kel would be the ameture here.

  110. AASHIR says:

    epic it was just like a painting how cn such thing happen

  111. Stephanie Lincoln says:

    Great idea, great execution.

  112. sam says:

    Wooooowwww.. I woulndn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen the last picture at the bottom attached… Amazing !!!

  113. Myles says:

    Unpleasant subject matter, but brilliantly conceived! Would love to see it done recreating a lovely piece of Norman Rockwell-type Americana. Granted, his cleaner, more realistic style of painting might not lend itself well to this type of creation. If I hadn’t seen the wide shot of the gallery, the patron and the subject art, I might have had a hard time believing it was NOT a painting. Well done!

  114. Orson says:

    This is so utterly pointless. Ok, the artist simulated BAD 70′s or 80′s art school paintings. Who needs more of that?

  115. patti says:

    This is really impressive! Too bad she can’t sell it!

  116. Colleen says:

    Beautiful work of art. Makes you question your perception of reality and ask “what is art?”, which is what art should do.

  117. tnzlkml says:

    shaaj fakkon!! LmaO

  118. AinOakPark says:

    They do this every year in Laguna Beach, CA at the Pageant of the Masters in August. They put people into works of art, all sorts, from paintings, statues, fountains, and ceramics to silver bowls, painted tiles, etc. Great show! Give it a Google and see.

  119. Lee J Tyler says:

    Wow-talk about thinking outside of the box. Or the canvas.

  120. Big Cadillac says:

    Look up “Pageant Of The Masters”.

  121. Thor Winje says:

    Seems to be inspired by the artist Lucian Freuds paintings.

  122. Aung says:


  123. Honut Sinti says:

    Simply amazing!

  124. Noreen says:


  125. Ajfan says:

    I’ve seen this before. It shows the artist while she’s painting on the woman. It’s absolutely amazing and impressive. I have to give lots of credit to the artist.

  126. Tammy Fitzgerald says:


  127. ray says:

    very cool, art comes in many forms thanks for showing this one

  128. Linda says:

    This is just amazing, love it!

  129. Joseph says:

    what is she doing in the second picture?

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