Alexa Meade – turning real life into oil paintings

“I paint representational portraits directly on top of the people I am representing. The models are transformed into embodiments of the artist’s interpretation of their essence. When captured on film, the living, breathing people underneath the paint disappear, overshadowed by the masks of themselves.” – Alexa Meade

American artist Alexa Meade takes real life paintings to a whole other level. While conventional artisits try their best to imitate real life on their 2D canvases, Meade attempts to do the opposite: using acrylic paint to paint directly on top of people in order to create an effect of a painted, 2D image, using background props and walls to add to the illusion. Combining the use of paint, photography, abstract art and statement, Meade has innovated her own style of art, changing the challenging the way ‘viewing’ art and people are viewed.

Cleverly making her paintings ‘realistic’ while at the same time make it incredibly hard to believe that these are real people and not paintings, Alexa Meade creates astonishing images which push the barriers of what is considered ‘realistic’ and what is considered as identity and brings a new dimension to the phrase “seeing is not necessarily believing”. I haven’t yet seen an image by her which fails to impress me, it takes a close look at her work to dissect and understand how she has used the real people under her artwork to create the whole image. In a short space of time, Meade has gathered a large following and much praise for her work – and Meade has warns that she is no one-trick pony, there’s yet more to come, which we will  be awaiting with high hopes.

More pictures can be found on her website and her flickr portfolio.

Alexa Meade ‘painting’ herself

Meade’s combination of ‘real’ life and her art work

Another style of 2D painting by the artist

All pictures belong to Alexa Meade

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