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March 15, 2010 5:42 PM   Subscribe

Many people who paint portraits try to make the painting look like a living person. Alexa Meade tries to make the person look like a painting. posted by emilyd22222 (30 comments total) 43 users marked this as a favorite

 
wow cool!
posted by kuatto at 5:43 PM on March 15, 2010


An example artist who paints to look like a photo is Glennray Tutor.
posted by netbros at 5:46 PM on March 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


Whoa. Those are some freaky, freaky pictures in that last link.
posted by PMdixon at 5:51 PM on March 15, 2010


I've got to hire one of these people to stand inside a frame in my house.
posted by ODiV at 5:53 PM on March 15, 2010


That's really cool. And she's based in DC.
posted by princelyfox at 6:04 PM on March 15, 2010


Needs video for my brain to properly grasp. Very cool.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:17 PM on March 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


What the ?!
posted by Liquidwolf at 6:29 PM on March 15, 2010


Needs video for my brain to properly grasp.

Agreed. Not finding anything on YouTube...
posted by LordSludge at 6:37 PM on March 15, 2010


Much more awesome than I could have imagined, but this is more awesome:

I was scrolling through the photo gallery in the fourth link and went to far, looking at photos of some gold painted bikini shoot. I didn't realize this, so I'm going along thinking, "nice, nice... very interesting." And then I get to a picture of a ludicrously-titted gold woman posing luridly and I'm like, "NOW SHE"S ON TO SOMETHING."

I'm either a genius or I need a wank.
posted by cmoj at 6:48 PM on March 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


holy moly thats amazing stuff.
posted by marienbad at 6:51 PM on March 15, 2010


CMOJ: I Don't think the gold stuff is her work. i'm not sure though, the picture you describe ditsracted me from further uh, investigation.
posted by marienbad at 6:57 PM on March 15, 2010


Neat!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:59 PM on March 15, 2010


No, it's not hers. But it should be.
posted by cmoj at 7:13 PM on March 15, 2010


these are cool...
a lot of these (particularly this one) reminds me of an incredibly tame jenny saville (nsfw, crazy talented).
posted by nathancaswell at 7:19 PM on March 15, 2010


That is simultaneously awesome and creepy.

I'd love to see a video too.
posted by liet at 7:27 PM on March 15, 2010


great find, emilyd22222 - thanks.

I like the reactions of the observers - ranging from bemusement to confusion.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:34 PM on March 15, 2010


I found the pictures super creepy because the eyes are still realistic, and they look a bit like those paintings with holes cut out of them so people can spy into a room. Amazing work.
posted by Alnedra at 7:41 PM on March 15, 2010


Well, my brain is now thoroughly confused. Thank you! Wonderful post.
posted by rtha at 7:44 PM on March 15, 2010


So cool. My favorite is the living art exhibition in the gallery, with the man talking to her.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 7:45 PM on March 15, 2010


You just can’t do anything that violates the original painting, like giggling or itching. They do allow some nervous crying, but you can tell they don’t like it.
posted by snwod at 7:46 PM on March 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love this. I would be really curious to see what it looks like in person - as photographs they're amazing, very convincing for a moment, and then wonderfully surreal when you see the subject move or catch something real in the frame (hair, or another person)...
posted by mdn at 8:12 PM on March 15, 2010


And then I get to a picture of a ludicrously-titted gold woman posing luridly and I'm like, "NOW SHE"S ON TO SOMETHING."

Faved for "ludicrously-titted." I don't know if that's a common phrase somewhere or not, but it is now part of my idiolect. I shall assume its meaning is more broad than used here.

Seriously though, this artist has ludicrously-titted skills!
posted by Xezlec at 8:46 PM on March 15, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is pretty amazing. I was showing this to my roommate/friend and his friend as they're working on some music editing, and I had to point out that they weren't paintings, but live people painted as paintings.

At the Laguna Beach, California Festival of the Arts they do the Pageant of the Masters where they set up somewhat painted live tableau of classic paintings -- but honestly it's a lot less creative and interesting than this. Actually, I think Pageant of the Masters is cheesy tourist-trap crap, especially compared to this, but I digress.


See also Real Life Lichtenstein.

posted by loquacious at 9:18 PM on March 15, 2010


Very fun!
posted by nickyskye at 9:36 PM on March 15, 2010


She wins art.
posted by limnrix at 11:27 PM on March 15, 2010


OK, many, many people could have done this, and many probably have... but none have done this so well, so originally.

Kudos to the artist, Alexa Meade, and by extension, the OP, emilyd22222.
posted by IAmBroom at 12:12 AM on March 16, 2010


I am for liquid bikinis.

That is all.
posted by flabdablet at 1:53 AM on March 16, 2010


Neat. You can see bigger versions of some of those on her flikr page, in case you miss the link on her website.
posted by Forktine at 3:39 AM on March 16, 2010


Amazing. Thanks for the post.
posted by painquale at 4:27 PM on March 16, 2010


I forgot about this earlier, but this Russian lady stages herself after paintings - kinda sorta related.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:20 PM on March 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


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