Flipping the script on how paintings are usually created, artist Alexa Meade takes real figures and objects, physically painting on them to make them look like a two-dimensional piece of art.
It sounds easier than it is, but indeed takes a fine skill to take three dimensional forms and make them feel like a traditional brushstroke work of art. Her skill as a painter transforms things in fascinating ways, creating visual illusions that break our conception of how a type of art is supposed to look like.
See much more of Meade’s work on her website, including paintings, videos, and a TED talk.
All images © Copyright Alexa Meade.
Figures on the streets of San Francisco that look like they’ve stepped out of a comic strip.
The artist at work in her studio.
“When Alexa paints on top of someone, she creates a twin to be completely coincided with its actual original…It’s this idea of applying fiction to fact, art to reality, culture on top of nature. It is a manifestation of the mirror world.”
– Bjarke Ingels
Alexa Meade’s self portrait turning her into a painting.
Meade painted singer Ariana Grande for her video “God is a Woman”, which has half a billion views online.