These Aren’t Paintings?!

I know this isn’t directly related to digital media but once I found how this artist creates her work I knew I had to share it with someone and so I’m sharing it now. This artist, Alexa Meade, paints with acrylics directly on human flesh creating the illusion of painterly portraits. It’s amazing how realistic these pieces are in a painting-sense. I would have never guessed they were photographs of real people if I didn’t look behind the scenes of this artist’s work process.


Alexa Meade is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC area. Her background in the world of political communications has fueled her intellectual interest in the tensions between perception and reality.



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By: Alisa Gusyeva

5 thoughts on “These Aren’t Paintings?!

  1. This is truly amazing.
    I cannot get over how innovative this is. It’s seamlessly done.
    This gives me alot of ideas for further art endeavours. I also love when people are able to bridge a gap between traditional media and photography/digital. In more ways than one it blurs the lines between these concepts and this is the kind of work we need for the future of art as a culture.
    Im in love with these

  2. This is unbelievable! It’s interesting how this artist takes the concept of traditional, hyper-realistic forms of painting and instead aims for the opposite goal. Instead of making paintings look like reality, she is making reality look like paintings. This creates a new set of challenges for the artist to overcome in terms of creating the illusion of, in some cases, flattening space, or working with natural light sources instead of creating them. Makes me want to incorporate this openmindedness into my own work!

    —Mary Rose Fiondella

  3. The process of painting makes it so much more personal. With this, we interacts with her subjects. She uses the ability to be creative and take something new and unseen. She sets scenes that are 3D but are made into 2D. Her idea of painting shadows, it contours the bone structure and also with highlights, it brings out separate important parts within the picture. As artists, we all want people to be excited and involved in their work. Alexa Meade does this sooooo very well. She brought people into the paintings, which she created relationships. She brought art into the world and brought people into her art.

    – Evelyn Fenick

  4. This is really cool! There are so many ways to do art nowadays how could this not be considered art! This would have to take such big talent. Her way of doing this is original and admirable. You can really see her passion for it and attention to detail. I feel like each piece tells such a deep story. Although it is probable extremely messy, it is an innovative way of painting and it comes out beautiful.

    Ana Fernandez

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