Alexa Meade, the Politician who preferred Art

Alexa Meade is one of the coolest artists I’ve discovered this year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science but fortunately she decided to put an end to her bureaucratic career to pursue her dream to become a professional artist in 2009.  Nowadays, she is a curious installation artist, best known for her portraits painted directly onto the human body.

Alexa takes an innovative approach to art. She describes her style of painting as a reverse Trompe-L’Oeil. Unlike a traditional Trompe-L’oeil painting which tricks the eye into thinking a 2D canvas might be a real 3D space, Alexa does the opposite, she takes the 3D world and creates the illusion that it is a 2D painting.

This Goddess travels the world creating art installations and commissioned portraits. She has exhibited her art at the Grand Palais in Paris, painted a MINI Cooper on the streets of Tokyo, Graffiti-ed Living Murals in San Francisco and also delivered a TED Talk which I really recommend.

Below, my favorite Living Paintings.

If you want to know more about this Great artist, visit Alexa’s webpage: http://www.alexameade.com/

Anamorphic illusions – Green art by Bernard Pras

Bernard Pras is a French painter, photographer and sculptor. He is known for creating mind-boggling anamorphic illusions. His pallet consists of found objects, wood, textiles and plastic toys. He makes use of everything that has the right color!

Take a look at this video and you will be amazed by his Job!

His latest installation is at Le palais idéal in Hauterives, France. When viewed from the right perspective, a seemingly random pile of trash is revealed to be an enormous sculptural portrait of Ferdinand Cheval. To create this masterpiece he used discarded and broken chairs, boards, figurines, and other items. Looking at each individual component and its precise placement in the overall portrait, one can’t help but marvel at the artist’s eye for perspective and his painstaking assembly of the piece.

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The French artist force us to re-examine the way we look at visual art – which is itself a prism through which the artist channels a unique way of translating thoughts, emotions and ways of interpreting the world around us.